Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert won another defensive player of the year award, the NBA announced on Wednesday. It was the third time that Gobert had won the award in four years. He is the fourth player in league history to earn the honor three times after four-time winners Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace and three-time winner Dwight Howard.
The award was rightly announced a day after the Jazz won the opener of their semi-final series against the Los Angeles Clippers, in part due to a blockage by Gobert at the end. of the regulations.
“I think it takes a team effort,” Gobert said in an interview with TNT’s “Inside The NBA”, moments after being announced as the recipient. “Obviously you need tenacity, mental tenacity. It’s just hard work, dedication. It’s everyday, you have to come with that mindset to try to make your team as good as possible on that side. “
Gobert, 28, was the anchor for Jazz, which had the league’s third best defense and best record. It received 84 first place votes and 464 points in total. Ben Simmons of Philadelphia, the runner-up, had 287 points and 15 votes for first place. About 100 members of the media vote for the award, but the New York Times does not participate.