10. Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz
There are many ways that the bottom of these rankings could’ve gone. An argument could have been made for several players to sneak into the top 10. For example, while Dwight Howard has seemingly fallen out of favor in many circles, he still has averaged at least a double-double in each of his eight years in the NBA. Howard also found a nice landing spot in Atlanta, once Al Horford departed to Boston.
But it’s Rudy Gobert that grabs the number 10 spot on this list.
Gobert is just 24 years-old, and is held in very high regard within the Jazz organization. When the Jazz dealt Enes Kanter to the Oklahoma City Thunder, they did so knowing full well that Gobert could handle to load, when healthy. Gobert injured his knee last season, but overcame the injury and is currently playing for his native country of France in Rio.
Gobert averaged 9.1 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 31 minutes per game last season, but missed 21 games after playing in all 82 in 2014-15.
The Jazz have set out to build their roster the right way. It has required patience, but things are looking up in Utah, and Gobert is a big part of their plans going forward. Gobert has a bright future in the NBA.
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