Instant Replay: Timberwolves Center Rudy Gobert Airballs Three-Pointer
SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah Jazz and current Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert airballed a three-pointer during a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.
The T-Wolves hosted the Bucks at Target Center on Friday, November 4.
With 7:46 left in the third quarter, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year attempted a 26-foot shot — and missed badly. Gobert failed to connect his shot with the background, rim, and net with airball of an attempt.
The three-time NBA All-Star is still looking for his first career make from beyond the arc.
Just a bit short from Rudy Gobert 😬 pic.twitter.com/OyOAWElQtk
— Action Network (@ActionNetworkHQ) November 5, 2022
Gobert is 0-13 from downtown during his NBA career.
The center is 0-2 on three-pointers during his time with the Timberwolves, nine games.
During the first three quarters against the Bucks, Gobert had four points on 2-6 field goals. He added nine rebounds, one steal, and a block during his first 25 minutes on the court.
THROW IT DOWN, RUDY. 😤 pic.twitter.com/PB0hIlrJMd
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 5, 2022
This season, Gobert is averaging 13.3 points, 14.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.6 blocks, and 0.5 steals in 32.5 minutes per contest.
Minnesota’s game against Milwaukee is broadcast on NBA League Pass.
About Rudy Gobert
Over the past six seasons, Gobert has established himself as one of the top big men in the NBA, one of the most decorated players in Jazz history, and has built what should be a Hall of Fame resume.
Since 2016, Gobert has been named to six consecutive All-Defensive first teams, he’s earned four All-NBA honors, three All-Star nods, and has won the Defensive Player of the Year award three times.
During the stretch, he averaged 14.8 points, 13.1 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game. He led the NBA in field goal percentage three of the six seasons, led the NBA in blocks per game in 2016-17, and led the league in rebounds per game last year.
don't challenge Rudy Gobert at the rim.
fyi, he's a 3x Defensive Player of the Year pic.twitter.com/vmCoVcAgmQ
— Minnesota Timberwolves (@Timberwolves) November 2, 2022
Perhaps most impressive has been Gobert’s unique durability, having played in 90 percent of the Jazz’s games in four of the six games, and never playing fewer than 56 games during the stretch.
After nine seasons with the Jazz, Gobert ranks in the top 10 among franchise players in multiple significant categories including games played (10th, 611), minutes played (7th, 18,301), field goals (10th, 2,796), free throws (5th, 2,000), offensive rebounds (2nd, 2023), defensive rebounds (2nd, 5,096), total rebounds (2nd, 7,119), blocked shots (3rd, 1,357), points (10th, 7,592), field goal percentage (1st, .653), rebounds per game (2nd, 11.7), blocks per game (2nd, 2.2), PER (3rd, 22.1), true shooting percentages (1st, .671), effective field goal percentage (1st, .653), offensive rebounding percentages (2nd, 12.6), defensive rebounding percentage (1st, 30.4), total rebounding percentages (1st, 21.7), block percentage (5th, 6.1), offensive rating (2nd, 127.4), offensive win shares (4th, 48.6), defensive win shares (4th, 37.9), total win shares (3rd, 86.6), win shares per 48 minutes (1st, .227), Box Plus/Minus (5th, 4.0), defensive Box Plus/Minus (5th, 2.2), and Value Over Replacement Player (5th, 27.8).
In a league where player movement is rabid, and loyalty is rarely rewarded, Gobert’s nine-year tenure with the Jazz was unique, and it’s safe to say he never mailed in a game.
The Jazz turned a huge page in their franchise history on Friday by sending Gobert to the Timberwolves, but his impact in Utah will not soon be forgotten.
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