2. Utah Jazz
Rudy Gobert has been on the ropes recently. After carelessly becoming infected with the COVID-19 virus, news broke that the Utah Jazz hasn’t been fond of Gobert all season.
This is for a few reasons. While he may be a two-time Defensive Player of the Year with game-changing rim-protecting ability, Gobert has some serious limitations on both ends of the floor.
He isn’t much of a shooter. In fact, he almost never attempts anything outside of the restricted area. This shrinks the floor and makes it difficult for Utah offensively. On the flip side, he is slow on the perimeter defensively, making him an easy target for opposing guards.
Nonetheless, Gobert is an anchor in the paint. He is posting 15.1 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. If the Warriors are able to overcome Gobert’s limitations, they would have themselves an elite defender to lock up the paint.