A 7' 2'' Frenchman with unmatched length, he was measured with a wingspan of 7' 8.75''. Whenever he steps onto the court his length allows him to alter shots when he isn't sending shots into the 5th row. Despite being so large, he is surprisingly athletic, can run the floor and uses good timing to catch lobs and block shots. This dude can become a defensive monster, he can nearly dunk flat footed. He can stand to get stronger as he may get pushed around and taken out of position for rebounds. Many Stronger big men will try to go into him neutralizing his length, which will lead to foul trouble. He looks a little awkward on offense, but has a soft touch for big man, shooting 70% from the free throw line at the French pro level. In a draft with so few sure things and possibly no star players, why not take a chance on a guy who has a chance to be a difference maker with length, athleticism and touch?
Because the player I just described is not Rudy Gobert, but Alexis Ajinca. These two are nearly identical physically but Ajinca has a three point shot, shooting a career 33% from the NBA line and 42.9% in his best year. Ajinca is no longer in the league, so is Rudy Gobert really that much better than Ajinca?