Morning links: Jazz players, uniform ranked; Kyrie Irving explains himself … sort of

Tom Ziller and other SB Nation writers put together their top 100 players in the NBA todayand four players from the Utah Jazz made the list.

Included in the list were Rodney Hood, Joe Ingles, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Gobert who came in at No. 17.

Ziller used just two words as to why Gobert was ranked in the top 20, saying, “defense matters.”

As for Rubio, who came in at No. 67, Ziller wrote, “Defense and passing are really important skills for a point guard, it turns out.”

Ziller’s best breakdown of a Jazz player came with Joe Ingles who was ranked No. 82.

“Slow Mo Joe is a cerebral, skilled forward who can shoot and pass quite well. He should take on extra importance with Gordon Hayward gone.”

The top-ranked player with local ties was former Weber State guard Damian Lillard who landed at No. 15, while Gordon Hayward was No. 18.

While Ziller and SB Nation were looking at the top players in the NBA, Paul Lukas of ESPN was focusing on the NBA’s new alternate uniforms.

Lukas ranked his five best new designs, and Utah’s new yellow jerseys cracked the list at No. 5.

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