For the first time in his career, Rudy Gobert has been honored as the Western Conference Player of the Week. The NBA named him as such after the reigning Defensive Player of the Year led the Utah Jazz to a 3-1 record this past week with averages of 16.5 points, 15.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks while shooting 69.4 percent from the field.
Gobert’s top two performances came against Phoenix (18 points, 20 rebounds) and Brooklyn (23 points, 17 rebounds, three blocks, 9-of-12 shooting). Both were Jazz wins of 16-plus points. Gobert also scored 10 points with 13 rebounds and two blocks in Utah’s 20-point win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This season, the French center is averaging career-bests in points (15.4), rebounds (12.9), assists (2.0), steals (0.81) and his lowest turnover mark (1.6) since his second year in the league.
Gobert is the second Jazz player to win Player of the Week this season. Donovan Mitchell received the honor on Jan. 14 and March 4. Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal was name this week’s Eastern Conference Player of the Week.