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It has been an up-and-down season for many players with local ties. There have been plenty of injuries that caused players to miss significant time while others struggled to find consistent minutes.

There have also been some positives, as Delon Wright is finally back on the floor, Joel Bolomboy made the D-League all-star game and Damian Lillard is still a scoring machine.

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

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

Although his minutes have been limited, Foster has been a solid rim protector for the D-Fenders with at least one block in 12 of the last 13 games. One of his best games came in a 138-129 win over the Salt Lake Stars, when he recorded six points on 3 for 4 shooting from the field. He added three blocks and two rebounds in 12 minutes.

In 20 games, he is averaging 2.8 points on 49.1 percent shooting with 3.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 11 minutes.

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While the Texas Legends got roughed up in a 148-122 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce, former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth had by far his best game of his professional career, setting new career bests in points, rebounds and steals.

In the loss, he totaled 16 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor and 4 for 6 from the foul line. He added a game-high 17 rebounds, including seven boards on the offensive end, to go along with a team-high six steals and five assists in 42 minutes.

He got going on the early on offensive end with seven first quarter points while adding seven rebounds and a pair of assists.

He got on the score board when he took the ball into the key before spinning back to the baseline for a tough little fall away jumper.

Following an offensive rebound put back, he added a strong take to the rim for a lay-up for his third basket in the quarter.

He scored his only other basket of the half with a tip-in after following up his own shot to push his totals to nine points, nine rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals.

He made his presence felt on the defensive end early on in the third with a two steals off of Okaro White. Collinsworth was also active on the backboards with an offensive rebound that turned into his only basket of the quarter as well as four boards on the defensive end.

He added one more basket in the fourth when he took the ball to the rim off the dribble and finished with the two-hand jam. He added a pair of free-throws and three more rebounds while collecting back-to-back steals and another assist in the closing minutes to finish out his night’s work.

On the season, he is averaging 7.2 points on 45.5 percent shooting from the field with 8.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals in 28.4 minutes.

Up next for Collinsworth and the Legends is a rematch with the Skyforce on Saturday night.

Former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth has seen his ups and downs during the start of his professional career as a member of the D-League’s Texas Legends.

After starting out the season as one of the team’s primary ball handlers, his role has changed with the additions of Pierre Jackson and Tony Wroten.

While his assist numbers have dropped since the pair of talented guards have come aboard, Collinsworth has still been contributing in other ways for Texas.

His return to Salt Lake City on Thursday night showed how he has grown in his new opportunity as he had one of his best games of the season.

In the Legends’ 114-90 win over the Stars, He totaled nine points on 4 for 6 shooting from the floor, including a make on his only 3-point attempt. He added a team-high 11 rebounds, including four on the offensive end while adding two assists, two steals and a block in 28 minutes off the bench.

The nine points tied for his second best scoring output of the season while the 66.7 percent shooting from the floor is a new career high for a game where he shot at least five times.

His rebounding numbers have shown that he has figured out a way to still make a significant impact even without the ball in his hands. Over the last three games, he is averaging 10.3 rebounds a night, including 4.3 on the offensive end.

That has bolstered his offensive rebounding average to 3.1 per game and into the top 10 in the league (of players who have played at least eight games).

He has also done a terrific job getting into passing lanes and getting steals where he ranks at No. 13 in the league with 1.9 a contest.

As for things Collinsworth is trying to work on, he said that outside shooting was a big emphasis.

That part of his game is a work in progress having made just 13.3 percent of his 3-point shots (2 of 15).

“It’s a process,” said Collinsworth. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint. I always have to tell myself that, just to stay patient and keep working hard. It’s a challenge and I’m embracing it each day.”

For the season, he is averaging 6.3 points on 42.3 percent shooting to go along with 7.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.9 steals.