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What's in a Name: Rudy Gobert


Just like they once did on the playgrounds of famed streetball courts, the best players are rewarded with stylish nicknames reflecting their game or their personality. This regular column takes a look at some of the best monikers in the League and how they were earned.

Nickname: ‘The Stifle Tower’

Player: Rudy Gobert (Center, Utah Jazz)

The Story: With his endless arms and his penchant for sending shots into the stands, the 7-foot-1 Gobert is fast becoming one of the most feared sights in the paint for opposing guards and bigs alike. Just like how tourists in his homeland of France cannot avoid a trip to the world-famous Eiffel Tower in Paris, visitors to the big Frenchman’s domain – the painted area – cannot avoid seeing his towering frame take up their field of vision. 

Their dimensions are equally impressive. The iron tower from Paris measures 324 meters from base to tip, and the first round pick has an insane wingspan of 7-foot-9 from fingertip to fingertip. With his towering presence and improved timing, Gobert is a sky-scrapper in his own right, developing a knack for sending back all types of shots. From layups and dunks to jumpers and even floaters (specifically designed to avoid even the best shot-blockers), no one is safe from a one-way trip back home. Just don’t be too eager to book your return visit, because the outcome is unlikely to change the second time round. 

Article written by Wong Chin Yi. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the NBA.