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Rudy Gobert, Jazz players score high in ESPN Rising Stars Challenge grades

The funny thing is to go back in time and read ESPN's draft grades for the Jazz....

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SLCD Ed. Note:
1. For the full game report with EVEN MOAR Gobert highlights read this.
2. For a comparison of all 14 Utah Jazz Rookie game performances read this.


ESPN, the "World Wide Leader", dropped some grades for last night's Rising Stars challenge (aka. The Rookie game, aka. The Rookie/Soph game aka. Team USA vs. The world game). While the world won 121-112, it's really the Utah Jazz who won. Check out ESPN's grades from the event last night:

Rudy Gobert, Jazz | Grade: A+

Stats: 18 PTS (7-10) | 12 REB | 0 AST | 1 STL | 3 BLK

Analysis: He's just not fair. A coast-to-coast dunk from the Stifle Tower? It happened. As expected, the Jazz center, who has a 9-foot-7 standing reach, was a beast around the rim on both ends. Just ask [Nerlens Noel], who got swatted by Gobert so badly that he fell to the floor. Gobert even flashed his handle a bit. Jazz teammate [Dante Exum] needs to watch his back.

SLCD ED: Here's the highlight

Hyperbole aside, Rudy's star keeps shooting upwards in the sky.


Trey Burke, Jazz | Grade: B+

Stats: 17 PTS (8-14) | 1 REB | 4 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: A really, really nifty layup highlighted his night. Maybe he can build off this after recently being taken out of the starting lineup in Utah.

SLCD Ed: Here's the highlight

Burke's shooting was one of the more efficient ones of the night, especially when you are sharing a backcourt with 3/15 Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and 8-21 Victor Oladipo.


Dante Exum, Jazz | Grade: B-

Stats: 4 PTS (2-4) | 3 REB | 3 AST | 2 STL | 0 BLK

Analysis: The Australian point guard showcased his ridiculous handle, but he wasn't able to capitalize on the separation. Just like his rookie season, he was a tad underwhelming in this one. He'll be back next season.

This is what we see as well, once the light bulb goes off for Dante, everyone else is going to have to watch out.


All in all, it was a fun night for these guys. A celebration, they may not all have 'made it', but as far as their respective classes go, they are right in the middle of the show. Gobert should have been MVP, but that's me just being a homer. Historically they give it to the guy who scores the most, and wins. And The World Team's guard Andrew Wiggins did both. It's also nice to see ESPN say nice things about our players. The Jazz have a solid core going forwards, I hope they can keep them all together.