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Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert named to All-NBA Third Team

Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks with Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Perry (0) defending.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) dunks with Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Perry (0) defending as the Utah Jazz and the Brooklyn Nets play an NBA basketball game at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. Utah won 118-88.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The accolades continue to pour in for Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert.

On Tuesday evening, Gobert was named to the All-NBA Third Team, marking the third consecutive season he has received such honors (he was named to the Second Team in 2017). The recognition comes after he was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year last week for the third time in his career and named to the All-Defensive First Team on Monday.

The 28-year-old Frenchman (he’ll be 29 next week) was also named an All-Star this year, marking the second consecutive season that has happened. During the regular season, Gobert averaged 14.3 points on a .675 field goal percentage, 13.5 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. His field goal percentage and block average led the NBA, as did his 231 dunks. His rebound average was second behind only Clint Capela of the Atlanta Hawks.

NBA MVP Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets was named to the First Team at center, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers received Second Team honors. Former Weber State star Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers was named to the Second Team.

The three teams in their entirety are as follows:

First Team

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors

Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks

Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers

Second Team

Damian Lillard, Portland Trail Blazers

Joel Embiid, Philadelphia 76ers

Chris Paul, Phoenix Suns

Julius Randle, New York Knicks

LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers

Third Team

Rudy Gobert, Utah Jazz

Jimmy Butler, Miami Heat

Paul George, LA Clippers

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets

Although it wasn’t a surprise that Utah guard Donovan Mitchell was not named to an All-NBA team, his omission has major financial implications moving forward. Had he been named to one of the three teams, the contract extension he signed last offseason, which will go into effect next season, would have been worth approximately $195 million over four years instead of approximately $163 million.