Last season, Rudy Gobert shot 56.9 percent from the free throw stripe. For his career, he’s at 58.5 percent. That makes him a prime candidate for hack-a-big.
In Utah’s preseason game the other night against Phoenix, Gobert hit 13-of-14 from the stripe.
It turned heads. Has the Utah big man turned the corner on free throws? He says he has.
We may need to see this over a longer stretch of ground to fully buy in (and he’s not going to hit 90 percent), but maybe the French center has figured it out. If so, he and the Jazz — already everybody’s most likely breakout team this season (even with the Gordon Hayward injury) — just go a little more dangerous.