The NBA season is over for the Utah Jazz, and this past year has been one of the most interesting and fun to watch.

At the beginning of the season, injuries to key players and a very difficult schedule caused the Jazz to fall nine games under .500. But with health returning, players continuing to develop and a rookie doing amazing things, the Jazz finished the season 30-7. During this stretch, the Jazz had winning streaks of 11, nine and six games. The Jazz had one of the best midseason turnarounds the NBA has seen in recent history, finishing fifth in the Western Conference.

The way this team played caught the eye of local fans and media and is also receiving a ton of national attention. The league is beginning to #takenote. The finalists for these awards were announced Wednesday. Here is the case for each one of them:

Rudy Gobert, Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team All-Defensive

Despite missing 26 games, which would be the most games ever missed by a player to win this award, Gobert has been completely dominating on the defensive side of the ball. When he’s on the court, the Jazz allow just 97.9 points per possessions a game, which would be best in the NBA by almost four points.

ESPN’s Tim MacMahon wrote in an article that Gobert ranks first in defensive win shared, defensive real plus/minus, opponent’s field goal percentage and defensive rebounds percentage. He ranked second in opponent points in paint allowed per game and opponent 3-point percentage. He ranked third in blocks per game.

The stats show how good Gobert has been this season, but following it up with the eye test, its obvious how much he affects the game. His dominance was never clearer when player …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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