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While the NBA playoffs are still in progress, the season has come to an end for all the players with local ties.

Some players had productive seasons with important contributions on good teams, while others tried to adjust to new surroundings, new teammates and a completely new style of basketball in their first year of pro basketball. There were also plenty of ups and downs, including record-setting scoring nights, trades and serious injuries.

Here is a look how the NBA and D-League players with local ties performed during the regular season and in the playoffs.

Andrew Bogut, Utah

Dallas Mavericks, Philadelphia 76ers, Cleveland Cavaliers

Bogut began the season with the Dallas Mavericks where he was in and out of the lineup because of injuries, but still managed to be a solid contributor before he was moved at the trade deadline to the Philadelphia 76ers. After he was waived by the 76ers, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, but made just one appearance before he suffered a season-ending injury. One of his best showings was in a 25-point win over the Chicago Bulls when he scored eight points on 4 for 4 shooting from the floor and added 11 rebounds, two steals and an assist in 21:54 minutes of play.

In 26 games with the Mavericks, he averaged 3.0 points on 46.9 percent shooting with 8.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 blocks in 22.4 minutes.

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It was a year of ups and downs for the players in the NBA and D-League who played their high school or college ball in Utah. There were big minutes and amazing performances for some, while others suffered through injuries, inconsistent minutes or minimal chances to shine.

Here is a look at how the players with local ties have performed in the NBA and D-League during the last few weeks of the regular season.

Note: Dakarai Tucker is listed on the roster of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but has not played in a game.

David Foster, Utah, Los Angeles D-Fenders

While he didn’t always play regular minutes, Foster was a valuable piece of the D-Fenders as a second unit rim protector. His best recent showing came in a 127-117 loss to the Santa Cruz Warriors when he totaled six points on 3-for-5 shooting from the floor. He added six rebounds, four blocks and a steal in 11 minutes.

In 30 games, he averaged 2.7 points on 49.4 percent shooting with 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 11.2 minutes.

Delon Wright, Utah, Toronto Raptors

Wright has been a regular rotation player for the Raptors since he returned from shoulder surgery and has had some nice results. His most productive recent outing came in a 111-100 win over the Indiana Pacers when he recorded 11 points on 4-for-5 shooting from the floor and 2 for 4 from the foul line. He added six assists and a pair of rebounds in 20:50.

In 27 games with the Raptors, he averaged 5.6 points on 42.6 percent shooting with 2.1 assists, 1.7 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 16.5 minutes.

In five games in the D-League, he averaged 12.6 points on 51.2 percent shooting from inside the arc to go along with 5.2 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 1.8 steals and 1.6 blocks in 29.6 minutes.

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In just his third game back from a month-long absence with an ankle injury, former BYU guard Kyle Collinsworth returned to form as he put up one of his best games of the season as the Texas Legends beat up the Iowa Energy 148-105 in the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on Wednesday night.

Collinsworth finished with nine points on 3 for 7 shooting from the floor and 3 for 4 from the free-throw line. He also added a game-high 14 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks in 27 minutes.

He got first basket of the night in the second quarter when he put the ball on the floor and got to the paint for a tough floater. He followed that up just seconds later with a nifty assist as he threw a behind-the-back pass to a wide open Warney for a free-throw line jumper. He got back on the board minutes later when he attacked the basket and finished in traffic for his second field goal. His last basket of the night came on a lay up after he grabbed an offensive board.

He had plenty of help as five Legends’ players scored in double figures led by Andre Dawkins who totaled 37 points on 12 for 17 shooting from beyond the arc in 24 minutes off the bench. Jameel Warney also reached the 30-point mark on 12 for 18 shooting from the floor and 6 for 6 from the foul line.

Texas also got double-doubles out of Pierre Jackson who put up 19 points and 11 assists while Stephane Lasme chipped in with 14 points and 10 boards.

Jarell┬áMartin paced the Energy in the loss with 25 points and 14 rebounds in 36 minutes before fouling out. Memphis Grizzlies’ first-round pick Wade Baldwin IV also had a solid statistical night as he recorded 22 points on 4 for 5 shooting from 3-point range to go long with six assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes.

For the season, Collinsworth has played in 32 games where he is averaging 6.5 points on 44.6 percent shooting from the floor while adding 7.5 rebounds (2.9 on the offensive end), 4.0 assists and 1.9 steals in 28 minutes. Those numbers are good enough to place him at No. 9 in the league in steals, No. 10 in offensive rebounds, No. 20 in assists and No. 23 in rebounds.