And Lue, man, coaching masterpiece completely eliminating Gobert. This is why I can't take Gobert seriously as a top 10 or even top 15 player. He is too easily taken out of games by elite opponents. His skill-set does not adapt well to top level competition. It excels against lower to midlevel competition. Not elite competition.
The league has changed too much. If this were still back in the old days, Gobert would be comparable to Mutombo in impact but this isn't back in the day. Mutombo of the 90s wouldn't be the same player today either. The game has changed too much. Players of their ilk are not as effective (in all situations) as they were in the past.
Eh I don't buy that at all. His impact is still sizable even against poor matchups - he still made a ton of key stops for the Jazz despite being put on the highlight reel by Mann and Jackson a few times this game. I think this video describes his value well, even in the playoffs: https://youtu.be/y93fx0ZDLAQ
Oklahoma City Thunder
Picks: 1.10, 2.3, 3.10, 4.3, 5.10, 6.3, 7.10, 8.3, 9.10, 10.3, 11.10, 12.3, 13.10
PG: Mike Conley, Kemba Walker
SG: Fred VanVleet, D'Angelo Russell, Lugentz Dort
SF: Jimmy Butler, Royce O'Neale
PF: Draymond Green, Nicolas Batum, Cameron Johnson
C: Anthony Davis, Christian Wood, Marc Gasol