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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert makes All-NBA 2nd Team

Gordon Hayward misses out, while Gobert’s star continues to shine

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gobert’s amazing 2016-2017 season is getting recognized. In addition to becoming a member of the NBA’s 1000 points/1000 rebounds/200 blocks club, he was selected to the All-NBA Second Team today. Rudy Gobert received 339 and was the 6th highest vote getter in the NBA just BARELY missing the All-NBA First Team by 4 votes. Anthony Davis had 343 total votes to Gobert’s 339. Davis had two more 1st team votes as well, 45 to 43. (There were 100 votes total)

1st Team:

  • Russell Westbrook (OKC)
  • James Harden (HOU)
  • Kawhi Leonard (SAS)
  • LeBron James (CLE)
  • Anthony Davis (NOP)

2nd Team:

  • Isaiah Thomas (BOS)
  • Stephen Curry (GSW)
  • Kevin Durant (GSW)
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo (MIL)
  • Rudy Gobert (UTA)

3rd Team:

  • John Wall (WAS)
  • DeMar DeRozan (TOR)
  • Jimmy Butler (CHI)
  • Draymond Green (GSW)
  • DeAndre Jordan (LAC)

Others receiving votes: Karl-Anthony Towns, Chris Paul, Marc Gasol, DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George, Gordon Hayward, Hassan Whiteside, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson, Nikola Jokic, Damian Lillard, Paul Millsap, LaMarcus Aldridge, Blake Griffin, and Al Horford.

Congratulations to Rudy Gobert on this phenomenal achievement.

Missing the Cut

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Utah Jazz Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

Missing the cut from the list was Gordon Hayward. He only received 27 votes which was a full 27 away from DeAndre Jordan who was a 3rd Teamer and the lowest vote getter of the All-NBA Team selections. Gordon Hayward had the uphill battle of making the All-NBA team with a league stacked with talented Small Forwards.

With Hayward missing the cut the wheels of the Utah Jazz’s offseason have been put into motion. Gordon Hayward will not be eligible for a Supermax on his next contract should he opt out of his contract this summer. Should Hayward opt out, the only advantage the Jazz will have against teams vying for his services will be adding an addition 5th year to his contract. Who knows if that is really an advantage in this NBA climate where 1+1 deals are becoming more of a norm for All-Star caliber players.

Now Gordon Hayward can opt into his contract next year to make another run at that supermax deal or opt out to sign a 1+1 with the Utah Jazz to make himself eligible for that deal. Whatever choice Hayward makes, it is going to push the Utah Jazz, who have been neophytes to the luxury tax the past 5 years, into unfamiliar territory.