Indiana Pacers: A comparison between Myles Turner and Rudy Gobert

Myles Turner, Indiana Pacers (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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The case for Rudy Gobert

Rudy Gobert on the other hand gets flaunted as a generational-level defender. And he certainly can be exactly that. But when looking at the total package, it tells an interesting story of which player one might rather have. Let’s take a look at Gobert’s most recent season he won the Defensive Player of the Year award, 20-21.

Rudy Gobert on Offense in 20-21: 14.3 PT, 13.5 RB, 1.3 AST, 67.5 FG%, 0 FG3% in 31 MPG

What is immediately noticeable is that Myles puts on more points and has essentially a skill that Gobert lacks entirely which is shooting the deep ball. On the other hand, Gobert had the advantage in rebounds and field-goal percentage. Let’s take a look at the defensive numbers as well.

Rudy Gobert on Defense in 20-21: 2.7 BLK, 7.0 BLK%, 0.6 STL, 2.8 DPM in 31 MPG

In this case, Rudy Gobert seems to look much better than Turner, although I would argue it is much closer than it might appear. Rudy has slightly more blocks per game, but a significantly lower block percentage. Rudy also has a higher defensive plus-minus.