Jordan Clarkson

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Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson vs Otto Porter (cropped).jpg
Clarkson in his second year with the Lakers in 2015
No. 6 – Los Angeles Lakers
Position Shooting guard / Point guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1992-06-07) June 7, 1992 (age 25)
Tampa, Florida
Nationality American / Filipino
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 194 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school Wagner (San Antonio, Texas)
College
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 46th overall
Selected by the Washington Wizards
Playing career 2014–present
Career history
2014–present Los Angeles Lakers
2014–2015 Los Angeles D-Fenders
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Jordan Taylor Clarkson (born June 7, 1992) is a Filipino-American[1][2][3] professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for two seasons with Tulsa before transferring to Missouri, where he earned second-team all-conference honors in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). After foregoing his senior year in college to enter the 2014 NBA draft, Clarkson was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round with the 46th overall pick and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

Early life and education[edit]

Clarkson was born in Tampa, Florida, and moved to San Antonio, Texas around the age of six.[4] He attended Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio. As a sophomore, he averaged 10 points per game while earning honorable mention all-district accolades. As a junior, he averaged 20 points, six rebounds and four assists per game, leading his team to a 32-8 record and the Class 5A state semi-finals.[5]

On November 11, 2009, Clarkson signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Tulsa.[6]

As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals, leading his team to a 38-2 record and a semi-final loss in the state championship.[5]

College career[edit]

Clarkson with Missouri in 2014.

In his freshman season at Tulsa, Clarkson was named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman team after being named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week four times in 2010–11. In 27 games (nine starts), he averaged 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.[5][7]

In his sophomore season, he was named to the All-Conference USA first team and the NABC All-District 11 team. In 31 games (all starts), he averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.9 minutes per game.[5][7]

In May 2012, Clarkson transferred to Missouri[8] and subsequently sat out the 2012–13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.[5]

In his redshirted junior season, he was named to the 2014 All-SEC second team. He was also named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list in January 2014 and won three Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors. In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.1 minutes per game.[5][7]

On March 31, 2014, Clarkson declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.[9]

College 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
Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2010–11 Tulsa 27 9 24.9 .433 .303 .793 2.1 1.9 .7 .1 11.5
2011–12 Tulsa 31 31 33.9 .435 .374 .784 3.9 2.5 .9 .5 16.5
2013–14 Missouri 35 35 35.1 .448 .281 .831 3.8 3.4 1.1 .2 17.5
Career 93 75 31.7 .440 .322 .804 3.3 2.7 .9 .3 15.4

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers (2014–present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Clarkson was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night for cash considerations,[10][11] and joined the team for the 2014 NBA Summer League.[12] On August 25, 2014, he signed with the Lakers.[13] During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League,[14] and did not play for the Lakers for most of the first half of the season. However, he ended up starting 38 games for the Lakers, primarily at point guard, and averaged 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.2 rebounds as a starter.[15] On March 24, 2015, he had a season-best game with 30 points and 7 assists in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.[16] Starting alonsgide Jeremy Lin, the pair became the first Asian-American starting backcourt in league history.[17] On March 30 and April 1, Clarkson recorded back-to-back double-doubles. For the season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.[15] In the prior 30 years, there had been only four other second-round picks that were named to the first team.[18]

On November 3, 2015, Clarkson scored a career high-tying 30 points in a 120–109 loss to the Denver Nuggets.[19] On February 12, 2016, Clarkson played for Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, where he recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in a win over Team World.[20]

On July 7, 2016, Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year, $50 million contract.[21][22] In the Lakers' season opener on October 26, 2016, Clarkson scored a team-high 25 points off the bench in a 120–114 win over the Houston Rockets.[23] On November 15, 2016, he recorded a career-high five steals in a 125–118 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[24] On March 12, 2017, he tied his career high with 30 points off the bench in a 118–116 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.[25] On March 24, 2017, he had career highs of 35 points and eight 3-pointers in a 130–119 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[26]

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
2014–15 L.A. Lakers 59 38 25.0 .448 .314 .829 3.2 3.5 .9 .2 11.9
2015–16 L.A. Lakers 79 79 32.3 .433 .347 .804 4.0 2.4 1.1 .1 15.5
2016–17 L.A. Lakers 82 19 29.2 .445 .329 .798 3.0 2.6 1.1 .1 14.7
Career 220 136 29.2 .441 .334 .809 3.4 2.8 1.0 .1 14.2

National team career[edit]

In 2011, Clarkson started talks with former coach Chot Reyes to play for the Philippines men's national basketball team.[27]

Clarkson went back home to the country after he accepted the invitation from Manny V. Pangilinan to observe the national team training and to formally join Gilas Pilipinas, aside for his commitments as endorser of Smart.[28] In an interview, SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios confirmed that Clarkson has carried a Philippine passport since he was 12 and so he will not need to go through the naturalization process to be able to represent the Philippines in international competitions.[29]

Clarkson did not make the final cut due to scheduling conflicts with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers agreed to let Clarkson play, but the NBA collective bargaining agreement requires that national team play not interfere with the Lakers team requirements, which expected players to report in September 28; however, the tournament ran until October 3.[30] Clarkson expressed his disappointment that he won't be able to represent the Philippines for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship.[31] Clarkson was initially included to the 17-man pool of the Philippines for its lineup for the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics.[32] However, due to time constraints and a complicated eligibility process, the team instead opted for the services of Andray Blatche as its naturalized player due to the team's lack in size.[33]

Awards and honors[edit]

High school[edit]

  • First team All-District 27-5A (2009–2010)
  • First team All-Region (2009–2010)
  • San Antonio Express News Super Team (2009–2010)
  • First team All-State by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (2009)
  • WOAI-TV Player of the Year for the San Antonio area (2009)
  • San Antonio High School Player of the Year (2010)
  • McDonald's All-America Finalist (2010)
  • Faith Seven Game MVP (2010)

College[edit]

  • C-USA All-Freshman Team (2011)
  • First-team All-C-USA (2012)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2014)

NBA[edit]

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2015)
  • Rookie of the Month (March 2015)
  • Rising Stars Challenge participant (2016)

Personal life[edit]

Clarkson is a dual Philippine and American citizen, the former by virtue of ancestral descent.[1][2][3] His father Mike Clarkson is African-American, while his mother Annette Davis is of half Filipino descent.[5][34][35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jordan Clarkson PH passport". Philippine Star. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "SBP: No need to naturalize Jordan Clarkson". CNN Philippines. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "NBA's Jordan Clarkson could visit during Jones Cup". China Post. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  4. ^ Flores, David (January 24, 2015). "Wagner grad Clarkson makes first NBA start in Lakers' loss to Spurs". Kens5.com. Archived from the original on August 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "Jordan Clarkson Bio". MUTigers.com. Archived from the original on June 12, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Tulsa Basketball Signs Three Prep Seniors". TulsaHurricane.com. November 11, 2009. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c "Jordan Clarkson Stats". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Tulsa transfer Jordan Clarkson headed to Missouri". CBSSports.com. May 7, 2012. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jordan Clarkson chooses NBA draft". ESPN. March 31, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Lakers Acquire Draft Rights to Jordan Clarkson". NBA.com. June 26, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Lakers Introduce Jordan Clarkson". NBA.com. July 7, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Lakers Announce 2014 Summer League Invitees and Schedule". NBA.com. July 1, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Lakers Sign Jordan Clarkson". NBA.com. August 25, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ "2014-15 NBA Assignments". NBA.com. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b Pincus, Eric (May 18, 2015). "Jordan Clarkson named to NBA all-rookie first team". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. 
  16. ^ Westbrook scores 27, Thunder win 127-117 over Lakers
  17. ^ Lin and Clarkson Become NBA's First Asian-American Starting Backcourt
  18. ^ Walentik, Steve (May 18, 2015). "Clarkson named to NBA All-Rookie first team". Columbia Daily Tribune. Archived from the original on May 19, 2015. 
  19. ^ Faried leads Nuggets' surge past winless Lakers, 120-109
  20. ^ USA downs World in BBVA Rising Stars, LaVine gets MVP
  21. ^ Lakers Sign Clarkson, Deng, and Zubac
  22. ^ The Latest: Lakers announce signing Deng, Zubac, Clarkson
  23. ^ "Young Lakers roar past Rockets 120-114 to win Walton's debut". ESPN.com. October 26, 2016. Retrieved October 27, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Russell, Randle push surging Lakers past Nets, 125-118". ESPN.com. November 15, 2016. Retrieved November 16, 2016. 
  25. ^ "Saric, Okafor lead 76ers past Lakers 118-116". ESPN.com. March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  26. ^ "Lakers beat Wolves 130-119 in OT to snap 6-game skid". ESPN.com. March 24, 2017. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes hits out at Asian Games for barring Andray Blatche". GMA News Online. Retrieved February 6, 2015. 
  28. ^ Julius Manicad. "Clarkson to help Gilas shoot for Olympic slot". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  29. ^ Paolo del Rosario. "SBP: No need to naturalize Jordan Clarkson". CNN Philippines. Retrieved August 24, 2015. 
  30. ^ Jordan Clarkson Left off Gilas Pilipinas 2015 FIBA Asia Championship Roster
  31. ^ Jordan Clarkson statement on missing Gilas’ Fiba Asia stint
  32. ^ Gilas Pilipinas pool for Olympic wildcard qualifier bared; Castro, Fajardo lead 17-man list
  33. ^ Clarkson won't join Gilas for Olympic qualifiers
  34. ^ "Clarkson Mulls FIBA Asia Opportunity". NBA. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  35. ^ "New NBA draft pick Clarkson proud of his Filipino roots". abs-cbnnews.com. June 28, 2014. Retrieved July 8, 2014. 

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