Utah Rudy Cobert’s French lead won the trophy for best defender of the NBA season on Thursday, for the third time in his career after 2018 and 2019. Cobert, 28, was elected first by 84 out of 100 voters. From the established list, the five best defenders they want. With 464 points, he is ahead of Philadelphia Sixers captain Ben Simmons (287 points) and Golden State Warriors’ strong winger Tremond Green (76 points).
Of the 71 regular season games, “Copsilla” has 13.5 resumes (2nd in Atlanta, Clint Cabela) and 2.7 on average (2nd behind Indiana Hub Miles Turner). After all, he would be the 4th worst player in the league by established defensive rating, ahead of the three who have played far fewer matches than him and are not logically on the final list.
Among the best defenders of all time
With three trophies on the chimney, Cobert focused on the acclaimed Dwight Howard, who played in Orlando in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Two players share the top spot in this ranking: with four differences: Dickembe Mottombo (1995 with Denver, 1997, 1998 with Atlanta, 2001 with Philadelphia) and Ben Wallace (with 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006 with Detroit). Another Frenchman won the trophy in 2014 when Joachim Nova wore the Chicago Bulls jersey.
A great season with jazz
Cobert, who signed a contract extension (5 205 million in five years) for a Frenchman in the NBA at the end of December 2020, often contributed to Jazz ‘best regular season, before being selected for the second year in a row at the All-Star Game in February.
Utah, ranked No. 1 in the league with the best record at the Western Conference, was knocked out by Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the play-offs. On Tuesday, Salt Lake City beat Los Angeles Clippers (112-109) in the first game of the semifinals. Thanks to a decisive counter after Gopar, a win was confirmed just before the buzzer.