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Rudy Gobert Named French Basketball Player Of The Year

Rudy Gobert(R) #27 of France in action against Domantas Sabonis #11 of Lithuania during 2nd round Group L match between France and Lithuania of 2019 FIBA World Cup at Nanjing Youth Olympic Sports Park Gymnasium on September 07, 2019 in Nanjing, China. (Photo by Shi Tang/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert received one of the highest basketball honors in his native country when he was named the French Basketball Player of the Year.

He received the “Alain Gilles Trophy,” which is given to a French player regardless of male or female and the country or basketball club they play for.

The award is given out by the French Basketball Federation (FFBB).

Gobert was awarded his second consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year award and also helped the French National Team capture the bronze in the FIBA World Cup in China.

Alain Gilles was the first French Basketball icon. Gobert received 114 points in the voting process, passing the 2018 winner Fabien Causeur. He also received more votes than Nando De Colo won the award in both 2015 and 2016. Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier finished third in the voting.

The Utah Jazz will return to Vivint Smart Home Arena for their second-to-last preseason game on Monday night when they host the Sacramento Kings at 7 p.m. The game will not be televised.

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