2. Steven Adams (7-foot, 255 lbs.) vs. Rudy Gobert (7-foot-1, 245 lbs.)
Steven Adams, a Kiwi, vs. Rudy Gobert, a Frenchman. If we’re talking the full might of their home country’s militaries, I might take Gobert just based on sheer population numbers. But one on one, I’ll take Steven Adams, or any other New Zealander, 1,000 times out of 1,000.
Rudy Gobert isn’t a small man and is far from a pushover, but Steven Adams is a giant 7-foot pirate and I don’t know if there is a player in the NBA or any other professional sport that I would pick to come out of the Thunderdome (pardon the pun) if they entered with Steven Adams.
Adams was teed up in the first half of Game 4 for slapping Gobert’s hand away and, as mentioned above, he took an elbow in the face from Jae Crowder late in the fourth quarter.
He has gotten into it with several players over the years (Blake Griffin, Raymond Felton, Kris Middleton) but hasn’t ever really exploded, thrown a punch, or tried to retaliate physically. If/when he does, I’ve got every dollar to my name on Steven Adams.
Also, if a game of dodgeball broke out, I’m taking Adams in that too: