Coming off a NBA season when he was third in the voting for the Most Improved Player Award and fifth in the Defensive Player of the Year, Gobert returns after taking his international appearance tally to 21 during last year's FIBA World Cup. He originally made his France debut in a friendly against Italy in June 2012 but did not feature at the Olympic Games of EuroBasket 2013. Previously he helped the French to win medals at the U20 European Championship (silver, 2012 and bronze, 2011). Starting his club career in his hometown Saint Quentin, he moved into the junior sides at Cholet before joining their senior line-up. In 2013, he was a 27th overall pick by the Denver Nuggets but was traded to the Utah Jazz. A boxer in his youth, Gobert's nickname is The Stifle Tower for his 2.36m wingspan. His father Rudy Bourgarel played 19 times for France in 1988. His name is pronounced Ruud-ee go-Behr.