By Davide Bortoluzzi (July 2012, after U20 EC). BODY/ATHLETICISM: Gobert has a creepy wingspan combined with a skinny but solid frame. His coordination and rapidity to run the floor is really above the average for a big man of his size. He definitely needs to bulk up in the upper body, in order to be able to stand contacts at NBA level against stronger big men. He hasn’t great leaping abilities but his agility and reactivity makes him definitely a good athlete, also for NBA standards.
SHOOTING: He has a reliable hook shot with the right hand, but his range is limited to the painted area. He lacks a jump shot from the midrange and also his mechanic is not fluid and confident, even if he’s pretty reliable from the free throw line.
OFFENSE: His offensive movements are rather raw, he needs to add confidence to his game, sometimes he seems too mechanic and not fluid. He’s really fast running the floor, and when served in movement he’s difficult to stop, thanks to his speed and coordination. He’s able to take position effectively but he still hasn’t a safe and reliable movement starting from post position once he received the ball. His mobility is really a point of concern for bigger and more heavy big men that often are called to guard him, especially in pick and roll situations.
REBOUND/DEFENSE: His wingspan allows his team to put and incredible defensive pressure on the contenders, in fact he’s often on the passing lanes and he makes the basket difficult to reach for guards penetrations. He has a perfect timing for the block, thanks to hismobility and coordination. He’s a reliable rebounder but with his physical tools he could be even better. At youth level he’s a total intimidator, but from this standpoint he could put a contribution with pros starting tomorrow.
MISCELLANEOUS: He has a mild temper, sometimes he seems to play with a reduced gear, without the holy fire of competition, this is probably the main reason of the lack of consistency in his game. On the other hand he’s a good teammate, not selfish at all.
OVERALL: Gobert is the European prospect of his class with the biggest upside, and after a solid Eurocamp performance with France national teams he has the eyes of lots of NBA scouts on him. He’s still a raw prospect, especially from the offensive side, but his defensive skills and intimidation are a good starting point.