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NBA.com’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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Mark W. Sanchez of the New York Post looked at the success former BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is having in China.

After talking about Fredette’s time in the NBA and D-League, Sanchez wrote, “The 27-year-old Fredette, whose love of the 3-pointer and aversion to defense always made him seem more useful in video games than real games, is putting up video-game numbers. He’s averaging 37.3 points a game, the best in the league.”

Sanchez then looked at the rest of Fredette’s stats before looking at some of his new nicknames, saying, “The fans have swooned over Fredette, whom they have nicknamed ‘Lonely God’ and ‘Loneliness Master,’ according to his wife Whitney. Loneliness is an honorable trait in China, Whitney Fredette says — it shows you’re ‘invincible.'”

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It hasn’t been a banner year in the NBA for the players with local ties. Only six players are on active rosters with only two players (Damian Lillard and Justin Hamilton) playing consistent minutes.

While players have struggled to find minutes on NBA rosters, there has been plenty of success at the D-League level, including monster recent performances from Kyle Collinsworth and Joel Bolomboy.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League recently.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders


Foster saw his first action in more than a month in a 122-118 win over the Canton Charge. In the victory, he finished with two points on 50 percent shooting with two rebounds and a block in 10 minutes.

On the season, he has appeared in eight games and is averaging 3.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

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