Timberwolves Rudy Gobert is taking names this year

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Gobert is going places this season

That was not a great way to start his next chapter with the Minnesota Timberwolves.  But will the 2023-24 NBA season turn out any differently?

This is not a subtle marketing strategy to take on old and unpopular laundry detergent, wrap it up in a new package, and call it ‘new and improved,’ for the sake of fostering renewed interest in a season veteran NBA center. This is a renewed Rudy Gobert, a player who is so motivated to recapture his prime performance that he spent 48 hours in a darkness retreat.

A new chapter

Summing it all up, is Rudy Gobert any different this season?  The numbers so far say yes:

Gobert is showing off his prime-time form in the first two games of the 2023-24 NBA season already. In two games, he has two Double-Doubles already.  Last season, he had 38 Double-Doubles in 70 regular-season games, one play-in tournament game, and five playoff games from a year ago. That works out to just 50 percent of the time.

It’s not just Double Doubles so far. Gobert is scoring far more effectively, and his ability to impact the game in real-time is far more effective so far this season. Best of all, he and Naz Reid are the two most dependable players on the Timberwolves roster so far.

Holmgren isn’t there yet. Kessler isn’t there yet. Not even Victor Wembanyama is at Rudy Gobert’s level yet. But that’s not how the NBA headlines read right now. Right now, Rudy Gobert’s plan is to kick names and take ass.

In the end, that’s not such a bad plan after all.

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