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Adam Fromal of Bleacher Report ranked the top 30 point guards in the NBA at the halfway point of the season, and two Jazz point guards were mentioned.

George Hill came in at No. 12 in the rankings, thanks to some impressive advanced metrics.

After talking about Hill’s injury problems, Fromal wrote, “Hill has been fantastic ever since an offseason deal pushed him from the Indiana Pacers to the Utah Jazz. He’s playing with the confidence that can come from assuming a bigger role, and his hot shooting and knack for doing the little things have pushed the Jazz to new levels.”

Former Weber State lead guard, Damian Lillard also made the list as he landed at the No. 9 spot.

After covering Lillard’s defensive struggles, Fromal wrote, “But some players are so gifted offensively, they could keep their jobs if they literally sat down on the less glamorous end. Lillard qualifies as such.”

Fromal then looked at Lillard’s abilities on the offensive end of the floor, writing, “Few are better at knocking down jumpers off the bounce, and Lillard doesn’t solely rely on his perimeter prowess either. He’s also dominant attacking the basket and keeps his eyes open at all times so he can search for his teammates.”

Jazz backup Raul Neto was an honorable mention.

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Paula Pasche of The Oakland Press looked at the play of former BYU Cougar Ziggy Ansah in big games heading into the Detroit Lions’ playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.

After talking about Ansah’s play of late after a slow start, Pasche wrote, “The Lions defensive end could make a huge difference in the Lions’ wild-card game at Seattle when the defense tries to contain quarterback Russell Wilson.”

She then quoted Ansah talking about how the Lions where successful when the two teams met in 2015 in a game where he finished with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

He said, “It was just executing, we just came out there to play as hard as we can and we were just executing the plays.”

Jazz won’t give up on keeping Gordon Hayward

Sean Deveney of Sporting News broke down how all the Gordon Hayward to the Boston Celtics talk started and what it means in free agency.

After looking at Hayward’s connection to Boston coach Brad Stevens and Hayward’s first foray into free agency, Deveney wrote, “To date, at least, the Hayward-to-Boston story has been more myth than reality. But the Celtics will have their best shot at him in the coming months, with Hayward hitting unrestricted free agency this summer and Boston easily able to clear enough cap room to make him a max offer.”

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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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