Feb 20, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) blocks the shot by Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat (4) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Rudy Gobert to Phoenix at #5?


May 16, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Rudy Gobert is interviewed during the NBA Draft combine at Harrison Street Athletics Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The French 7’2” center is working out with Phoenix on Wednesday, according to a report from ArizonaSports.com. @Kris_Habbas reported the workout through Twitter on Friday.

Draftexpress.com has him number eleventh on their board. Gobert has a 7’8.5” wingspan, which is the longest ever recorded in the site’s history. He is apparently very raw offensively, but would seem to fit perfectly into the Suns’ rebuilding plan.

If the Suns are able to flip Gortat for picks this off-season, then Gobert would make a perfect pick, especially if Victor Oladipo and Otto Porter are off the board before Phoenix’s number five pick. This would enable the Suns to get even further under the salary cap, get younger at a key position, and stockpile more picks in a draft next year bursting with talent. Additionally, this would almost guarantee a bad record and the possibility of getting a franchise-altering superstar at the top of the 2014 NBA draft.

DraftExpress.com explains that Gobert isn’t as athletic as DeAndre Jordan or JaVale McGee, but that he has great hands and is a decent free throw shooter, which are both aspects of the game a big man like Gobert needs to have in the NBA.

The profile illustrates the dominance of Gobert on the defensive end with the statistic that he ranked first in his French league in blocks per 40 minutes and per game.

If Oladipo and Porter are both gone by the time the fifth pick comes around on June 27th, I’d have no problem with Phoenix going for Gobert, especially if they think they have the leverage to flip Gortat for more than one decent pick next year.

Tags: 2013 NBA Draft Basketball Draft Express Featured France Marcin Gortat NBA Phoenix Suns Popular Rudy Gobert Sports