All-star center nicknamed "The Stifle Tower" who made his NBA debut with the Utah Jazz after being drafted in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft. In 2014, he won bronze at the FIBA World Cup as a member of the French national team. He was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2018, 2019 and 2021.
He got his start playing basketball at his hometown club, JSC Saint-Quentin. He debuted with Cholet Basket in the French League in 2010.
His 7 foot, 8 1/2 inch wingspan was the largest wingspan ever recorded at the 2013 NBA Draft Combine. He was also the NBA blocks leader in the 2016-17 season.
He was born to Corinne Gobert and Rudy Bourgarel, who played basketball for the French national team in the 80's.