Under The Radar: Jordan Clarkson
In 2014 with the 46th pick overall in the second round the Los Angeles Lakers selected Jordan Clarkson out of Mizzou. This 2nd round pickup ended up being a 1st team all rookie and has excelled in the NBA since his arrival. With the Lakers he was always known as an athletic player who could attack the rim. His jumper was good but the Lakers could not wait 1 more season and rushed him out just like DLO. Clarkson was jumping out of Staples Center and giving them all he had. Jordan was traded with Nance Jr before the trade deadline last season to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
This season I have seen a different Clarkson who has not only polished his game. He has added some great new moves and tweaked the mechanics in his shot for better release and shooting off the dribble. His behind the back move into a step back is deadly and it falls at almost the same clip as Harden and Doncic.
After a 4.7 ppg playoff performance everybody counted him out but I called out Coach Lue for not starting him this season. It seems as if Larry Drew likes to have that spark off the bench.
He is a threat on the dribble handoffs and catch and shoot especially if he is on the left side of the court. That is where Clarkson’s best shooting comes from. He has really blended his shooting with his athleticism and has used it to his complete advantage. He slowed down his game a bit and has become much more efficient. This guy can pass the rock but for some reason he has chosen not to be much of a passer averaging 3.5 apg this season.
Players coming off the bench this season who are averaging 17 ppg and shooting 51% efg(This stat counts for the fact 3 pointers count as more) and starting 0 games this season:
JC has solidified himself as a scorer in this league and he can tremendously improve I believe if he facilitated more.
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