FIBA Names Rudy Gobert To Men’s All-Star Five For Tokyo Olympics
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – FIBA named Utah Jazz and French National Team center Rudy Gobert to its men’s basketball All-Star Five for the Tokyo Olympics.
Gobert led Les Bleus to a silver medal during the Summer Games.
In addition to Gobert, former Jazzman Ricky Rubio (Spain), Patty Mills (Australia), Luka Dončić (Slovenia), and Kevin Durant (United States of America) were named to the Men’s All-Star Five.
Durant led USA Basketball to the Gold in Tokyo.
Mills helped Australia earn Bronze with a victory over Dončić and Slovenia in the third-place contest.
Presenting the #Tokyo2020 Men's All-Star Five:
⭐ Ricky Rubio 🇪🇸
⭐️ Patty Mills 🇦🇺
⭐️ Luka Doncic 🇸🇮
⭐️ Kevin Durant 🇺🇸
⭐️ Rudy Gobert 🇫🇷 #Basketball
— FIBA | #Basketball #Tokyo2020 (@FIBA) August 8, 2021
During the Gold Medal Game against Team USA, Gobert scored a team-high 16 points and eight rebounds. He became the first member of the Utah Jazz to earn an Olympic medal since Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer helped the USA win Gold in 2008.
“Rudy Gobert’s rim protection has always been praised, and he had three big games when it mattered most for France,” FIBA said in the announcement. “The Utah Jazz center dominated against Italy in the Quarter-Finals with 22 points and 9 rebounds. He then had 9 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks, including two on dunk attempts against Edo Muric and Vlatko Cancar, in the Semi-Final against Slovenia. Gobert finished up with team-highs of 16 points and 8 rebounds in the Final against the USA.”
Pour toujours. pic.twitter.com/TNnykvlJAU
— Rudy Gobert (@rudygobert27) August 8, 2021
Gobert helped France capture its third Olympic medal all-time and first since 2000. All three of France’s medals have been Silver. Les Bleus won its first medal in 1948.
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