Ian Clark
Ian Clark
28-Year-Old GuardG
New Orleans Pelicans
2018 Fantasy Outlook
The ex-Warrior averaged 19.0 minutes per game last season and was a Fantasy afterthought in most formats. Barring a handful of backcourt injuries, Clark offers little upside outside of the ability to score the basketball. Rajon Rondo has been replaced by Elfrid Payton this season, and while Payton carries some question marks of his own, he offers more experience and upside and will enter camp as the favorite to fill Rondo's vacated spot in the starting five. Clark is destined to remain in a backup role and can be ignored, for the time being, in the majority of leagues. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $1.76 million contract with the Pelicans in July of 2018.
New personal best in threes
GNew Orleans Pelicans
April 8, 2019
Clark mustered 31 points (11-21 FG, 7-15 3Pt, 2-3 FT), four rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks across 36 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-129 win over the Kings on Sunday.
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Clark paced all scorers on the night while draining a career-best seven three-pointers. The veteran guard saw an expanded role due to several key absences, including those of Anthony Davis (back), Julius Randle (rest) and Frank Jackson (concussion). Clark has been a surprise late-season fantasy asset, averaging an outstanding 24.0 points (on 48.2 percent shooting, including 41.2 percent from distance), 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.0 block across three April contests. He should continue seeing run with the starting five over the last two games of the regular season.
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Clark's second year in Golden State came with improvements across the board. The 26-year-old guard took part in 77 games, while notching career highs with 6.8 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.2 assists across 14.8 minutes. He also shot 48.7 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from the three-point line, both of which were also career bests. Clark has shown steady improvement each year, but the last two seasons playing with arguably the best roster in the league has hurt his chances of taking on a significant role. His move to the Pelicans in the offseason could help his case for added playing time, although he received just a one-year, $1.6 million contract this offseason, so it's unclear how big of a role New Orleans is expecting him to have. The Pelicans don't possess the talent the Warriors do, but they do still have two very solid guards in Rajon Rondo and Jrue Holiday. The Pelicans are expected to use Holiday off the ball at shooting guard next to Rondo, but that doesn't necessarily mean Holiday isn't going to see time at the point as well. Clark should operate as the third option behind the two aforementioned players and he should be able to see a slight uptick in court time from the 14.8 minutes he averaged with Golden State. Look for Clark to operate as a key bench piece, bringing a sharpshooting presence with the second unit. However, his value largely depends on his scoring and three-point numbers, which is likely going to limit him to deeper leagues.
Clark was signed to a two-year, non-guaranteed deal with the Warriors in July. The Warriors have two open roster spots, so Clark will have an opportunity to earn one of those in training camp and the preseason, but even if he were to earn a job on the Warriors, Clark wouldn't get many minutes. The 6-3 guard out of Belmont has played for the Jazz and Nuggets over the last two seasons, but he's never been able to get more than spot minutes, averaging less than 10 minutes per game in the few times he's touched the court. Clark played seven games in the D-League last season for Idaho, averaging 14.0 points, 2.6 three-pointers, 2.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.1 steals in 32 mpg while shooting 43 percent from the field, 45 percent from three, and 67 percent from the line. He's a score-first guard with an adept three-point shot, but at 6-3, he's undersized for the shooting guard type of game he has. In all likelihood, Clark will latch onto a team this season, but it's doubtful he'd play enough minutes to be of use in anything but the deepest of leagues.
Ian Clark will enter the 2014-15 season buried on the depth chart at point guard behind Trey Burke, Dante Exum, and Alec Burks. Even though the Jazz allowed Clark's sophomore contract to become guaranteed in the offseason, he'll face an uphill battle improving his averages from his rookie season (3.0 points, 0.8 rebounds, 0.7 assists, 0.3 steals, and 0.5 three-pointers in eight minutes per game). He played in 23 games last season while also serving multiple stints in the D-League. New coach Quin Snyder will likely spend the season encouraging the 23-year-old to improve his shot quality, considering that Clark only connected on 39 percent of his shots from the field and just 71 percent from the charity stripe last season.
Clark was signed after an impressive summer league in which he scored 33 points in the Vegas championship game. There are minutes to be had behind Burke, so the undrafted rookie will at least get some chances to play his way into the rotation.
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Excellent in spot start
GNew Orleans Pelicans
April 6, 2019
Clark supplied 24 points (9-17 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block across 40 minutes in the Pelicans' 133-126 overtime loss to the Suns on Friday.
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Offensively productive Wednesday
GNew Orleans Pelicans
April 4, 2019
Clark totaled 17 points (7-18 FG, 3-12 3Pt), six rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 32 minutes during Wednesday's 115-109 loss to Charlotte.
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Disappoints in start
GNew Orleans Pelicans
April 1, 2019
Clark played 31 minutes and finished with 11 points (5-15 FG, 1-6 3Pt), three assists and two rebounds Sunday in the Pelicans' 130-102 loss to the Lakers.
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Starting at shooting guard
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 28, 2019
Clark will start at shooting guard Thursday against the Kings, Andrew Lopez of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Posts 17 points in Wednesday's loss
GNew Orleans Pelicans
March 20, 2019
Clark totaled 17 points (7-13 FG, 3-7 3Pt), five rebounds, and four assists in 28 minutes during Wednesday's 119-96 loss to the Magic.
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