Rudy Gobert, the tweet that launched a huge debate

The author of a successful EuroBasket on paper, Rudy Gobert however sparked a lot of debate after his performance against Spain. An offensive breakdown for a player as divisive, who did not have his usual impact on the other side of the floor this end, where he should have worn his. Is it really his fault? A tweet from one user has reignited the debate about the Wolves player.

Beaten on Sunday by Spain in the final of EuroBasket 2022, the Blues are rightly disappointed with the outcome of the tournament, even if the silver medal now fills their trophy cabinet. We know that the leaders of this French team only want gold, like Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert, who made the buzz of their attitude after the game. There is disappointment and lessons to be learned from this contest, while Gobert is a name that often comes up to explain this dark outcome.

Rudy Gobert is still criticized after his performance

No one can argue that Rudy had a good tournament, as proof, FIBA​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ is rewarded with the presence of the 5th major in the competition, along with Willy Hernangomez or Giannis Antetokounmpo. If his group stage was not insulting, it was the Wolves player who saved his country against Turkey with a crazy tap in the round of 16, while dominating the Italians in the process. And yet, Rudy continues to get mixed reactions.

If we focus on these statistics, the first detail immediately attracts Rudy: the counters, with only 11 in 9 games. We are far from his NBA average, which was 2.1 blocks per outing for his final season with the Jazz. A drop that can be explained by meetings played in 40 minutes in European basketball, and not 48 in the North American league. We can also talk about the lost balls too much, the mistake of an often dangerous attacking game, where the pivot shows his limitations with his back to the basket. The question is: is Vincent Collet using his star well?

By sometimes using a zone defense, the Blues coach is not only friendly, especially against Spain. Not enough to promote Rudy in the racket, while Juancho Hernangomez enjoyed punishing the Blues with three points (7/9) in this final. On the contrary, the work is done to include the MVP of the tournament:

Willy Hernangomez when defended by Rudy: 7 points, 2/9 shooting, 3/5 shooting, 31.3% true shooting percentage. Kudos to Spain and Willy, but you can’t say he won over Rudy because he didn’t.

A positive work from Rudy in his direct opponent, while his teammates did not have the same success in defense, as in their tournament. It’s something that hurts for Gobert, who has to face more committed and more prepared opponents in such a competition that will be played even in three weeks. This may explain his worrisome statistics in some areas, and an overall less than impressive impression on the floor.

With the current efficiency (12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds), Rudy Gobert dropped a EuroBasket overall successful, rewarded with a silver medal around his neck. However, doubts persist over his ability to get the best out of “FIBA” basketball, far from what we see throughout the year in the NBA. This trend can be confirmed in October, for his first steps as a Wolves player.

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