This is the first of many articles that will preview the upcoming NBA season, specifically, the top candidates to win the NBA regular season MVP award. As we currently stand, there are about 24 players with a legitimate chance of winning the award this season. Our first player is a standout defensive player from Utah.

#24 Rudy Gobert

Center, Utah Jazz

Rudy Gobert is a 2x All-NBA player, 2x Defensive Player of the Year winner, 3x All-Defensive team player, and was the 2016-2017 NBA Block champion. Gobert has never been an offensive scoring threat but he more than makes up for it as one of the leagues most premier rim-protectors. His shot-blocking ability has forced opponents to avoid the paint or, at the very least, alter the shot attempt of those looking to score. This past season, Gobert had a Player Efficiency Rating of 24.60 (league average is 15.00), which placed him within the top 10 at exactly #10 in the entire NBA. The PER is a statistic that “sums up all a player’s positive accomplishments, subtracts the negative accomplishments, and returns a per-minute rating of a player’s performance” per the creator of the stat, John Hollinger. Rudy Gobert is an elite defender that plays for a Utah Jazz team that projects to be among the league’s best overall teams this upcoming. Unfortunately for Gobert, the people that vote on the MVP award care more about offensive statistics and point totals.

Gobert is currently +12500 at Bovada to win the MVP award. Do you think Gobert can win the MVP award this season? Let me know in the comments!

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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