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2013 NBA Draft – #27: Rudy Gobert
Posted By Jabari Davis On June 27, 2013 @ 10:35 pm In NBA Draft | No Comments
With the 27th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets chose Rudy Gobert out of France’s Pro A club Cholet.
At 7’2, Gobert has the longest recorded wingspan (7’9) of any player ever measured at the NBA’s Draft Combine. With a combination speed and massive length, Gobert is seen as a potential defensive presence in the NBA.
As is the case with many young big man, Gobert is still a work-in-progress on the offensive end. He does have soft hands and relatively nimble feet, so it is believed his offense can be developed. Court-awareness and passing are two additional areas of concern, but can also be improved upon with additional time. Although seen as a potential rim-protector, Gobert will have to continue working on his 238-pound frame in terms of bulk and strength in order to defend in the post.
Certainly an intriguing selection, as the Nuggets still have JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufus and Timofey Mosgov on the roster, but with trade rumors swirling around Andre Iguodala, Gobert could be an insurance pick as a future prospect to develop.
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