SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – Jazz center Rudy Gobert was named to the All-NBA second team, after a standout fourth season with Utah.
Gobert averaged 14.0 points, 12.8 rebounds and led the league in blocked shots with 2.6 per game. He shot 66 percent from the field, and recorded 58 double-doubles.
He is the first Jazz center ever to earn All-NBA honors, and the first Utah player since Deron Williams in 2010 to be named to the All-NBA teams.
Gobert finished just behind New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis on the first team. Davis received 45 first place votes, compared to 43 for Gobert.
Jazz all-star forward Gordon Hayward was not selected for the first, second or third All-NBA teams.
Gobert became the first player in franchise history and the first NBA player since 2009-10 to compile 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 200 blocks in a single season. In addition, he now ranks seventh on the Jazz all-time blocks list (579). Gobert recorded a league-best 42 consecutive games with at least one block and led the league with four games of at least six blocks, eight games with five blocks, 18 games with four blocks, 42 games with three blocks, 63 games with two blocks and 77 games with one block. He anchored a Jazz defense that led the league in opponent points per game (96.8), finished second in opponent field goal percentage (.443) and third in defensive rating (102.7).
Gobert becomes the eighth different Jazz player and 35th recipient overall to be selected to an All-NBA Team, joining Karl Malone (14 selections), John Stockton (11 selections), Pete Maravich (three selections), Adrian Dantley (two selections), Deron Williams (two selections), Carlos Boozer (one selection) and Truck Robinson (one selection).
The All-NBA first team consists of Cleveland forward LeBron James, Houston guard James Harden, Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook, San Antonio forward Kawhi Leonard and New Orleans center Anthony Davis.
The second team alongside Gobert is Golden State guard Stephen Curry, Milwaukee forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, Golden State forward Kevin Durant and Boston guard Isaiah Thomas. The third team includes Golden State forward Draymond Green, Washington guard John Wall, Chicago forward Jimmy Butler, Toronto guard DeMar DeRozan and Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan.