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Phil Watson of Fansided’s Hoops Habit looked at the NBA award races and Utah Jazz big man Rudy Gobert was mentioned multiple times.

First, Watson has Gobert at No. 3 in the race for Most Improved Player, stating, “Now in his fourth season, Rudy Gobert continues to make strides for the Utah Jazz.”

Then, after talking about Gobert’s stat line, Watson continued, “Gobert has learned what he does well and does that, taking a whopping 98.9 percent of his shots from inside of 10 feet and 85.4 percent from three feet and in. He’s made 77 dunks already and those account for 42.2 percent of his attempts.”

Gobert is brought up once again in the Defensive Player of the Year category, where he is listed at No.1.

Talking about his defensive skills, Watson writes, “But the rim projection Gobert provides — he allows opponents an NBA-low 53.2 percent shooting percentage in the restricted area, per — allows the Utah perimeter defenders to take chances they otherwise would not be able to take.”

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It was an interesting year for college football in Utah. The Utes jumped out to a hot start but faltered down the stretch on their way to a nine-win season.

The BYU Cougars opened up the season with three losses in four tries before reeling off eight wins in nine games to come out with nine wins of their own.

As for the Aggies, they struggled most of the season on their way to a three-win campaign.

While each of the in-state Division I schools had differing levels of success, plenty of players had great individual seasons.

There were also some great performances from Utah players who played their college football outside the state.

This team is the players with local ties or from local teams who had the best seasons.

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The Utah Jazz having been playing well of late and the national media has taken notice.

In John Schuhmann’s latest Power Rankings, the Jazz moved up to the No. 6 spot.

Of the Jazz’s play recently, he wrote, “The Jazz still aren’t whole — they got Derrick Favors, but not George Hill back last week — but have won 11 of their last 13 games, ranking in the top five in both offensive and defensive efficiency over that stretch, even though they’re not getting much from starting point guard Dante Exum.”

Marc Stein’s ESPN NBA Power Rankings also have the Jazz at the No. 6 spot.

After talking about Utah’s schedule strength to this point, Stein wrote, “Another valid question: Did we get it wrong in our Defensive Player of the First Trimester assessment by picking Golden State’s Draymond Green over Rudy Gobert? Memphis’ Marc Gasol is another strong contender, frankly, given the Grizzlies’ rise to the top of the defensive efficiency standings, but Tim MacMahon makes a compelling case for Gobert’s work as rim protector/shot-changer, as well as his recent run against elite centers.”

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