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Morning links: Gordon Hayward ranks as seventh-best starting small forward; Matt Wells 1 of 11 rising head coaches

Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz answers questions during an end of season press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz answers questions during an end of season press conference at Zions Bank Basketball Center in Salt Lake City, Thursday, April 14, 2016.
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Ryan Blackburn of SB Nation's Denver Stiffs has been ranking the best starters in the NBA based on position. His latest ranking was of the league's starting small forwards where Utah's Gordon Hayward was in some elite company coming in at No. 7 on the list.

Blackburn writes, "Can Hayward be a first option on a championship team? It's not likely, but I believe he can lead the Jazz to the playoffs this year because of the veterans they added combined with a defensive identity. Hayward deserves a ton of credit though. He's the face of their franchise and has been for a long time."

Rodney Hood ranked as the 10th-best starting shooting guard on his list while George Hill landed at the No. 13 spot in the point guard rankings.

Matt Wells makes the list of coaches who could land bigger jobs

Dieter Kurtenbach of Fox Sports ranked the 11 rising college football coaches who could land bigger jobs.

Kurtenbach has Utah State's Matt Wells at No. 11, saying, "Year in, year out, Wells is on this list because no matter what the season throws at him in Logan, he continues to get the job done. Last year, the Aggies were decimated by injuries but still went 6-2 in conference — blowing out a solid Boise State team at home. The schedule gets tougher for the Aggies this year, but they are lurking just below MWC leaders Boise State and San Diego State and are ready to pounce. Wells would be a perfect replacement for Bill Synder, should the Kansas State coach retire."

Bogut lands at the top of ESPN's list of the best players from Australia and New Zealand

In a list heavy with players who have Utah ties, ESPN's James McKern ranked all the NBA players from Australia and New Zealand. Joe Ingles of the Utah Jazz came in at No. 8 on the nine-man list just ahead of Thon Maker.

"He will be a much-needed asset in Utah as long as he can play serviceable minutes and bring a veteran presence to the second unit," writes McKern.

While talking about Dante Exum who came in at the No. 6 spot, McKern says, "Having the trust of the team behind him, Exum will be given plenty of opportunity to flourish and should help the Jazz climb the rankings out West."

Former University of Utah All-American Andrew Bogut earned the top spot in the rankings. After breaking down his Bogut's career accomplishments, McKern writes, "Bogut will be a bigger focal point at both ends of the floor and should look to regain the form he possessed in Milwaukee."

Jay Yeomans is a sports writer for DeseretNews.com. Contact him at jyeomans@deseretdigital.com.