Earl Clark

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Earl Clark
Earl Clark Cavs.jpg
Clark with the Cavaliers
No. 21 – Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Position Small forward / Power forward
League NBA Development League
Personal information
Born (1988-01-17) January 17, 1988 (age 26)
Plainfield, New Jersey
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school Rahway (Rahway, New Jersey)
College Louisville (2006–2009)
NBA draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Suns
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
20092010 Phoenix Suns
20102012 Orlando Magic
2012–2013 Los Angeles Lakers
2013–2014 Cleveland Cavaliers
2014 New York Knicks
2014–present Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League)
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Earl Rashad Clark (born January 17, 1988) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League. He played college basketball for the University of Louisville men's basketball team and was drafted 14th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2009 NBA draft.

High school career[edit]

Clark grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey and attended Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey. There, he scored 1,245 career points. As a senior, he averaged 25.2 points, 13.2 rebounds and 5 assists per game. He was a 2006 McDonald's All-American.[1]

College career[edit]

As a freshman for the Louisville Cardinals, along with Derrick Caracter, Edgar Sosa, and Jerry Smith, the young group struggled early in the 2006–07 season. The team went on to win 8 out of its last 10 games, earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament.

In the first game of the 2007 NCAA Tournament, he scored 12 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steals against Stanford.

Clark decided not to put his name in the 2008 NBA Draft and to return to the University of Louisville for the 2008-2009 season.

In the 2008-2009 season, Clark, along with future NBA player Terrence Williams, led Louisville to the Big East Title, as well as a #1 ranking, the first ever in the University of Louisville's history.

NBA career[edit]

Phoenix Suns (2009–2010)[edit]

Early in his junior season, Clark announced that he would forgo his senior season to enter the 2009 NBA draft. On April 4, 2009, agent Dan Fegan told ESPN that he had signed Clark as a client shortly after the end of Louisville's 2008–09 season, which under NCAA rules ended Clark's college eligibility.[2]

Clark was drafted 14th overall by the Phoenix Suns in the 2009 NBA Draft.[3] He made his first career three pointer on January 28, 2010. Clark was sent to the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League on March 15, 2010, after only averaging 2.7 points, 1.1 rebounds, and 7.6 minutes in 45 games.[4]

Orlando Magic (2010–2012)[edit]

Clark battling with John Wall in 2011.

On December 18, 2010, Clark was traded to the Orlando Magic along with Jason Richardson and Hedo Türkoğlu for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickaël Piétrus, a 2011 first-round draft pick and $3 million cash.[5] On April 16, 2012, he recorded his first double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

In August 2011 during the 2011 NBA lockout, Clark signed a one-year contract with Zhejiang Lions in China.[6] However, the next month, he asked to leave the team for family reasons after not appearing in a game for the club.[7] He re-signed with Orlando in December.[8]

Los Angeles Lakers (2012–2013)[edit]

On August 10, 2012, Clark was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers as part of a four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to the Lakers. The Denver Nuggets acquired Andre Iguodala, the Philadelphia 76ers received Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson, and the Orlando Magic got Arron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Nikola Vučević, Maurice Harkless, Josh McRoberts, Christian Eyenga, and one protected future first-round pick from each of the other three teams. The Lakers also acquired Chris Duhon from the Magic in the trade.[9] On January 9, 2013, Clark had a breakthrough night, playing 27 minutes and setting personal bests with 22 points and 13 rebounds against the San Antonio Spurs.[10] He had been playing sparingly, but he received extended playing time after injuries to Lakers big men Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Jordan Hill.[11] Coach Mike D'Antoni called Clark's performance "phenomenal"; it was only the second double-double of Clark's career.[10] Clark had three double-doubles over six games, and he was named a permanent starter even after Gasol returned.[11] After three years of limited opportunities, Clark was averaging nearly 30 minutes a game. However, he appeared tired by March, and D'Antoni replaced Clark with Gasol in the starting lineup.[12][13]

Cleveland Cavaliers / Philadelphia 76ers (2013–2014)[edit]

On July 12, 2013, Clark signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers.[14]

On February 20, 2014, Clark was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers along with Henry Sims and two future second-round picks in exchange for Spencer Hawes.[15] He was waived by the 76ers the next day.[16]

New York Knicks (2014)[edit]

On February 27, 2014, Clark signed a 10-day contract with the New York Knicks.[17] On March 10, 2014, he signed a second 10-day contract with the Knicks.[18] On March 20, 2014, the Knicks did not offer him a rest of season contract.[19]

Memphis Grizzlies / Houston Rockets (2014)[edit]

On September 25, 2014, Clark signed with the Memphis Grizzlies.[20] However, he was later waived by the Grizzlies on October 22, 2014.[21] He was then claimed off waivers by the Houston Rockets on October 24,[22] only to be waived again three days later.[23]

Rio Grande Valley Vipers (2014–present)[edit]

On October 31, 2014, Clark was acquired by the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League as an affiliate player of the Memphis Grizzlies.[24] However, he was traded to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers the next day.[25]

NBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2009–10 Phoenix 51 0 7.5 .371 .400 .722 1.2 .4 .1 .3 2.7
2010–11 Phoenix 9 0 8.0 .387 .000 .500 1.9 .4 .1 .3 3.2
2010–11 Orlando 33 0 11.9 .441 .000 .595 2.5 .2 .2 .5 4.1
2011–12 Orlando 45 1 12.4 .367 .000 .724 2.8 .4 .3 .7 2.7
2012–13 L. A. Lakers 59 36 23.1 .440 .337 .697 5.5 1.1 .6 .7 7.3
2013–14 Cleveland 45 17 15.5 .375 .345 .583 2.8 .4 .4 .4 5.2
2013–14 New York 9 0 7.8 .333 .167 .800 1.8 .2 .1 .7 2.6
Career 251 54 14.1 .404 .331 .671 3.0 .5 .3 .5 4.4

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010 Phoenix 3 0 4.0 .333 .000 1.000 .7 .3 .3 .0 1.3
2011 Orlando 1 0 6.0 .333 .000 .000 4.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 2.0
2012 Orlando 5 0 17.6 .444 .000 .571 6.6 .2 .4 1.0 4.0
2013 L. A. Lakers 4 1 20.5 .368 .000 .000 3.0 .5 .3 .3 3.5
Career 13 1 14.5 .395 .000 .667 3.9 .4 .4 .5 3.1

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Earl Clark, CSTV. Accessed January 2, 2008.
  2. ^ Ford, Chad (2009-04-01). "Who's in, who's out of 2009 draft?". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2009-04-01. 
  3. ^ Coro, Paul (June 26, 2009). - "A new look in the works". - The Arizona Republic.
  4. ^ Earl Clark sent down to D-League
  5. ^ "Magic Receive Turkoglu, Richardson & Clark From Suns". NBA.com. 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2010-12-18. 
  6. ^ Earl Clark heading to Zhejiang in China
  7. ^ Earl Clark returns from China, will be an unrestricted NBA free agent
  8. ^ "Magic Re-Sign Earl Clark". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 15, 2011. Retrieved December 16, 2011. 
  9. ^ "It's official: Howard dealt to Lakers in four-team trade". NBA. 2012-08-10. Retrieved 2012-08-11. 
  10. ^ a b Bresnahan, Mike (January 9, 2013). "Earl Clark has 'phenomenal' showing for Lakers". los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 22, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b McMenamin, Dave (January 22, 2013). "Pau Gasol to be reserve for Lakers". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on January 22, 2013. 
  12. ^ Shelburne, Ramona (March 9, 2013). "Earl Clark slowing down a bit". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. 
  13. ^ Pincus, Eric (April 3, 2013). "Earl Clark is adjusting to return to the bench". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on April 12, 2013. 
  14. ^ Cavaliers Sign Jack and Clark
  15. ^ Sixers Acquire Two Second-Round Picks in 2014 NBA Draft From Cleveland Cavaliers
  16. ^ Sixers Waive Earl Clark
  17. ^ Knicks Sign Shannon Brown, Earl Clark To 10-Day Contracts
  18. ^ Knicks Sign Earl Clark And Shannon Brown To 2nd 10-Day Contracts
  19. ^ Shannon Brown Signs With Knicks For Remainder Of Season
  20. ^ Memphis Grizzlies announce 2014 Training Camp roster
  21. ^ Grizzlies waive Earl Clark and Hassan Whiteside
  22. ^ Rockets Claim Earl Clark Off Waivers and Request Waivers on Josh Powell
  23. ^ Rockets Waive Adrien, Clark, Covington, Richmond and Smith
  24. ^ IOWA ENERGY ANNOUNCE RETURNING, TRYOUT PLAYERS FOR 2014 TRAINING CAMP
  25. ^ RGV VIPERS SET 2014-15 TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

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