Jordan Clarkson

Jordan Clarkson

29-Year-Old GuardG
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The reigning Sixth Man of the Year is coming off a career year for the Jazz, who posted the league's best regular-season record in 2020-21. In 26.7 minutes per game, Clarkson averaged a career-best 18.4 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 0.9 steals. As a shoot-first guard who launched 8.8 three-pointers per game, Clarkson's efficiency (42.5% FG) leaves something to be desired, but he provided just enough offense to sneak into the top 100 in eight-category leagues last season. Factoring in Clarkson's durability -- he's missed just seven total games over the last five seasons -- he'll warrant targeting in the later rounds of most standard-league drafts. Utah returns essentially the same roster as last season, so Clarkson's role should remain mostly unchanged. If veteran starter Mike Conley, who's missed 20-plus games in three of the last four seasons, continues to be hit by injuries, Clarkson's value would only rise. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Jazz in November of 2020.
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Jordan Taylor Clarkson was born in 1992 in Tampa, Florida to Mike Clarkson and Annette Davis. He attended Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio, Texas and started his final three years. Clarkson posted 10 points a game and received All-District honorable mention during his sophomore season. His junior campaign featured an average of 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists. As a senior, Clarkson produced excellent all-around stats with 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game and was named San Antonio High School Player of the Year. Over his NBA career, he has worked with many charities that cover a wide range of causes. Clarkson also established the JC Cares Foundation to help families dealing with cancer and provide aid to companies trying to find a cure. You can follow him on Twitter (@JordanClarksons) and Instagram (@jordanclarksons). It is a quirk of fate that Clarkson spent his first two seasons at Tulsa and then transferred to Missouri to play for coach Frank Haith, who eventually became the Tulsa head coach. The 6-foot-5 guard played for coach Doug Wojcik with the Golden Hurricane. He primarily came off the bench as a freshman, but he started the first nine games of the season and scored in double digits five times. Clarkson finished the season strong by scoring at least 10 points in his last seven games, including 21 points in a Conference USA Tournament win over Rice. The guard moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and delivered 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists while draining 37.4 percent of his three-pointers. Clarkson scored 23 points in four different games. After the season, he decided to transfer to Missouri to play for Haith. After sitting out a season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He was only held to single-digit scoring once and hit a career-high 31 points in a win over Southern Illinois. The Tigers were invited to the 2014 NIT, where they ousted Davidson before falling to Southern Miss. Following his lone season with Missouri, Clarkson declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Efficient from field in Game 5 loss
GUtah Jazz
April 25, 2022
Clarkson produced 20 points (9-15 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 2-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists and two steals over 32 minutes during Monday's 102-77 loss to the Mavericks.
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The Jazz put together easily their worst game of the series Monday, but Clarkson shined with a team-leading 20 points off the bench. This was the second straight contest in which Clarkson led Utah in scoring -- he put up 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting Saturday. The veteran guard is averaging 18.0 points through the first five games of the series.
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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Sixth Man Of Year candidate?
GUtah Jazz
January 27, 2021
Clarkson is making a strong case to earn the Sixth Man Of The Year Award this season, according to Sarah Todd of The Deseret News.
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Clarkson has always been a scoring threat off the bench, but he seems to have elevated his play to a whole new level this season. In fact, Clarkson didn't hide his desire of winning the award. "Definitely it was one of my goals going into this year, to go get that and play that role," Clarkson says. He is averaging 17.2 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game this season.
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Clarkson appeared in 29 games for the Cavaliers before he was dealt to the Jazz right before Christmas. He occupied his usual sixth-man role on both squads, averaging 15.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.1 threes and 1.9 assists in 24.0 minutes. Clarkson had a strong playoff series with the Jazz, too, averaging 16.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 28.6 minutes. Utah clearly valued his ability to score, as they inked the combo-guard to a four-year, $51.5 million contract during the offseason. In 2020-21, Clarkson should occupy a similar role, if not exactly the same role, as he did with the team last season. Assuming that's the case, he'll mostly be valuable in deeper fantasy leagues, as he ranked 144th on a per-game basis in 2019-20.
Clarkson finished just behind Kevin Love (17.0 PPG) in scoring for Cleveland last season with a career-high 16.8 points per game. He added 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his first full season with the team and assumed the role of primary scoring option for most of the year, as Love appeared in just 22 games. He's not a knockdown shooter, but Clarkson did hit a career-high 1.8 triples per contest. He logged 27.3 minutes per contest in 2018-19, though that's likely to change this season. Cleveland drafted talented Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland with the fifth pick in this year's draft, and he'll likely be a starter immediately. With the backcourt occupied by Garland and second-year guard Collin Sexton, minutes will be harder to come by for Clarkson. If Kevin Love can stay healthy, he'll be a top option on offense and cut into Clarkson's playing time and production even further. Clarkson still a talented scorer, and is sure to retain value in points and threes, though fantasy owners should temper expectations this season.
With the selection of Lonzo Ball, as well as the return of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Clarkson opened the 2017-18 campaign in a bench role for the Lakers. He primarily was tasked with providing a scoring presence in the second unit, but was eventually sent to the Cavaliers at the trade deadline in what was a deal that netted the Lakers Isaiah Thomas. Clarkson would go on to play in 28 games with the Cavaliers and saw his numbers take a slight hit across the board with averages of 12.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 22.6 minutes. He did, however, prove to me a much better shooter and hit 40.7 percent of his three-point attempts with Cleveland compared to just 32.4 percent with Los Angeles. Looking forward to the upcoming season, the Cavaliers no longer have superstar LeBron James on the roster. That creates a huge void in the rotation, so Clarkson could see a few extra minutes on the wing. Still, the Cavaliers selected promising point guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 Draft and also bring back George Hill, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver, so there's still a bit of a log jam in the backcourt. If Clarkson's role does increase, it would likely only be minor in nature.
After starting in 117 of the first 138 games of his career through two seasons, Clarkson was expected to man the shooting guard spot for the top unit to open 2016-17, but first-year coach Luke Walton had other ideas. In an effort to stagger his backcourt scoring a little more, Walton went with Nick Young as his starter for much of last season, with Clarkson instead settling in as the team’s sixth or seventh man. The demotion to the bench came with a slight decline in minutes, but since he often acted as the primary option for the second unit, Clarkson’s overall production -- he averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 treys per game -- didn’t change much from the year before. While Clarkson’s raw numbers were useful enough in most fantasy leagues, the Lakers were surely counting on more efficiency from the 25-year-old, who shot a meager 32.9 percent from distance and saw his assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) decline for a second straight year. The lack of progress in those areas combined with poor defense on the perimeter may have prompted the organization to scale back their long-term expectations for Clarkson, who had signed a four-year, $50 million extension prior to last summer. With the Lakers inking a true three-and-D wing in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal in July to replace Young and slot into the starting backcourt alongside the No. 2 overall pick, point guard Lonzo Ball, it looks like Clarkson will be primed for another year as the team’s go-to scorer off the bench. Clarkson will likely act as the top backup at either guard spot, but because Ball and Caldwell-Pope should be in store for nearly 30 minutes or more per game, Clarkson seems unlikely to see his role expand much.
While the Kobe Bryant farewell tour dominated headlines in Los Angeles, Clarkson quietly turned in a productive sophomore season. The 2014 second-rounder averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game, with much of that production coming while sharing the court with the possession-wasting Bryant. Clarkson, who converted 34.7 percent of his 4.1 three-point attempts per game, should continue to progress, though it’s unclear where he’ll fit in the young Lakers’ offensive hierarchy. Under new coach Luke Walton, second-year point guard D’Angelo Russell should take on a much larger role, while Julius Randle, offseason pickup Luol Deng and No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram will need to get their touches. As a result, a significant jump in Clarkson’s counting stat production probably isn’t realistic, but with Bryant out of the picture, he has a clear path to starter’s minutes at the shooting guard spot, making him a reasonable mid-round fantasy option.
After being buried behind both Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price to start his rookie season, Clarkson busted out of the shackles in the second half of the season to earn All-Rookie honors. For the entire season, he averaged 25 minutes a game in his 59 games, with averages of 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.6 three-pointers, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. But, we need to look at what Clarkson was able to do when he was inserted into the starting lineup to get a real feel for his contribution. As a starter in 38 games, Clarkson played 32 minutes, averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.9 three-pointers, shooting 46 percent from the field and 84 percent from the stripe. Those are fantastic numbers, but they came along with a usage rate of 24.1, and with Kobe Bryant and Nick Young returning from injury, as well as the offseason additions of D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams, it appears as though it will be hard for Clarkson to approach that sort of playing time again, barring injury. Still, we've seen what he can do when he's out on the court, and the Lakers would be wise to develop the backcourt combination of he and Russell, as that's where the future of the franchise likely will be headed.
Jordan Clarkson was the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, initially selected by the Washington Wizards. The Lakers acquired his draft rights for cash considerations on draft night. Clarkson, a combo guard, played two seasons at the University of Tulsa before transferring to Missouri and playing his junior campaign there last season. As a junior, he averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.9 three-pointers in 35 minutes per game through 35 games. The 17.5 points per game he scored ranked seventh in the SEC last season. In summer league, Clarkson showed his potential, averaging 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.6 three-pointers in 31 minutes per game through five games. Currently sitting behind Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash on the point guard depth chart, Clarkson has the opportunity to see the floor this season, considering Nash missed 67 games and Lin 11 games last season. He's more of a fantasy prospect in dynasty leagues, given that both Nash and Lin are out of their contracts after this season.
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Team-leading 25 off bench Saturday
GUtah Jazz
April 23, 2022
Clarkson notched 25 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-5 FT), four rebounds and one steal across 36 minutes during Saturday's 100-99 win over the Mavericks.
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Sees just 20 minutes
GUtah Jazz
April 16, 2022
Clarkson had 10 points (4-7 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT) and one rebound over 20 minutes during Saturday's 99-93 win over the Mavericks.
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Drops 22 off bench in win
GUtah Jazz
April 6, 2022
Clarkson ended Tuesday's 121-115 overtime victory over Memphis with 22 points (7-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, five assists and one steal over 31 minutes.
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Excels as sixth man in loss
GUtah Jazz
March 30, 2022
Clarkson contributed 17 points (6-15 FG, 1-7 3Pt, 4-8 FT), two rebounds and five assists across 33 minutes during Tuesday's 121-115 loss to the Clippers.
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Scores 19 points off bench
GUtah Jazz
March 26, 2022
Clarkson recorded 19 points (7-18 FG, 2-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three rebounds, four assists and one block over 35 minutes during Friday's 107-101 loss to the Hornets.
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