January 18, 2023 (Jack87 News) – Yesterday the Jazz defeated the Timberwolves 126-125 BK8. It was originally an ordinary regular season match, but it caused a lot of heated discussions because of two players who embarked on a trade last summer.
In this game, Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert left the field due to injury after only playing 4 minutes, scoring 2 points and 1 rebound before leaving the field. On the contrary, Jazz center Walker Kessler, the No. 22 pick this year, played extremely well, made 9 of 13 shots, scored 20 points, 21 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 blocks.
Bet99 Kessler not only became the first rookie in the history of the Jazz to score at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game, but also became the first rookie since Alonzo Mourning in 1993 to score at least 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game with a shooting percentage of over 65%.
In a deal last summer, the Timberwolves used Beasley, Beverley, Vanderbilt, Kessler, Bolmaro and first-round picks in 2023, 2025, 2027 and 2029 (23 , 25 and 27 years without protection, 29 top five protections) and the right to swap the first round of the draft in 2026, traded for Rudy Gobert.
It is worth mentioning that in the past five games, Gobert averaged 9.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 0.4 blocks per game, and Kessler averaged 12.8 points, 12.8 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game. So far this season, the 30-year-old Gobert, who has an annual salary of 38.17 million US dollars, has averaged 13.3 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. The Timberwolves are 22 wins, 23 losses and ninth in the West Boda8.
The 21-year-old Kessler with an annual salary of 2.7 million US dollars averaged 7.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. The Jazz ranked eighth in the Western Conference with 23 wins and 24 losses.
In the deal between the Timberwolves and the Jazz, who do you think loses and who gains?