Morning links: SI names Rudy Gobert Defensive POY; Kyle Collinsworth dubbed ‘Air Mormon’

Ben Golliver of Sports Illustrated’s The Vertical handed out his NBA midseason awards, and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was the consensus pick for Defensive Player of the Year.

Golliver also named Gobert the darkhorse to watch saying, “Here’s one where SI’s internal consensus selection of Gobert probably doesn’t match the actual consensus, which almost certainly would go to San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard (the 2015 and 2016 DPOY) or Golden State’s Draymond Green (the 2015 and 2016 DPOY runner-up).”

Golliver then turned his attention to what Gobert has done for the Jazz on the floor, saying “The real meat of Gobert’s DPOY argument is similar to Harden’s MVP argument over Durant: he’s done as much (or more) with significantly less help than his competition. Whereas both Green and Leonard play on deep, experienced and stable teams, Gobert has carried an up-and-coming Jazz team into the playoff picture for the first time since 2012 despite line-up absences at virtually every position around him.”

Kyle Collinsworth dubbed Air Mormon

Former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth was given a new nickname on Wednesday night by the Texas Legends’ Twitter page.

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