Morning links: Utah Jazz midseason grades, All-Star candidates; Jonny Yoga’s Lang Whitaker delivered in-depth grades for the Utah Jazz at the midway point of the season.

After grading the frontcourt and the backcourt, he gave the defense and A, saying, “The Utah Jazz have flirted with having the best defensive rating in the NBA over the first half of the season, which is partially due to their deliberate style of play. It also doesn’t hurt to have Gobert in the back guarding the rim, stifling anyone attempting to drive to the basket.”

He then graded the bench and the coaching before handing out his overall grade of a B, saying, “The Jazz have been the best team in the Northwest Division through the first half of the season, and if they find sustained health throughout the second half of the season, particularly from George Hill, the growth they’ve exhibited may accelerate.”

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