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Patrick Beverly explains why Rudy Gobert is not the DPOY

Gobert knows how to defend the rim, but he still proves to be a liability on the defensive side of the floor in certain situations.
Pat Bev believes he is more valuable on the defensive side of the floor than Rudy Gobert

Pat Bev believes he is more valuable on the defensive side of the floor than Rudy Gobert

'The Stifle Tower,' Rudy Gobert is not really one of the most popular or loved players in the NBA, but still, the majority of fans would agree that the French center is one, if not the best defensive player in the game over the past few years. His accolades and track record speak for themselves, but it seems like his defensive prowess isn't giving the Jazz enough to go far in the playoffs. Patrick Beverly certainly thinks that there are huge flaws in Gobert's defensive ability.

It's an outside game

Obviously, the game is changing rapidly and becoming reliant on outside shooting and small-ball. In that evolution, the center position is suffering the most, with numerous big men that can't shoot or move their feet becoming less valuable by the day. Still, certain guys like Gobert are making it work and still presenting that inside presence, protecting the rim.

That is flying in the regular season, but opponents make sure to exploit the big man when the game slows down and becomes more tactical in the playoffs. For example, we saw how the underdog Clippers ran a lineup with five shooters in last year's playoffs, forcing Gobert to the perimeter, where he is highly vulnerable. That left the lane open, or Gobert on a mismatch allowing guys like Reggie Jackson and Paul George to punish him from the outside. Gobert was forced to be benched, as people started questioning can the Jazz ever make a serious run with him on the five position.

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Beverly calls Gobert out

One of the loudest mouths and best perimeter defenders, Patrick Beverly, is known for never shying away from speaking his mind. After all, he is a 3x All-Time Defensive player with a reputation in the league. While appearing on JJ Redick's podcast, Beverly touched on what makes a great defender and what kind of player should be the DPOY, all while pointing out why Gobert isn't deserving of the award:

"How you're the best defensive player, and you don't guard the best offensive players? He's great (Gobert). He's phenomenal. Changed the game. That doesn't make you the best. It does not...Put five seconds on the clock.' Mano a mano'. I have to get a stop, I feel very comfortable."

Patrick Beverly, The Old Man and the Three

Beverly has a point. Big men often get favorited in the race for the DPOY award, while guards often get left out. Sure they are the backbone of any defense and highly important, but especially in today's NBA, the emphasis is more on guarding the three-point line and stoping guys that operate from outside, which is not an easy task, considering the amount of offensive talent we have today.

Gobert guards the paint ideally, and there is nothing to take away from that. But the fact of the matter is that he doesn't defend the opposing team's best player, which is the most challenging task for any defender. Beverly may be undersized be has the ability and courage to check guys like LeBron or KD, making them work for every bucket. Maybe that is more valuable is some eyes on the defensive side of the floor than purely protecting the rim.

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