In his second year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jordan Clarkson assumed a key bench role and contributed in 81 games. The durable guard has only missed two games during the past three seasons. In 2018-19, he set a new career high with 16.8 points per game. He averaged 6.5 made field goals and 1.8 made three-point field goals per game, which were also both career highs. Clarkson's role for the Cavs was clear: provide scoring punch off the bench. The sharp shooting guard delivered those 16.8 points per game without any starts. On Dec. 3, Jordan delivered his lone double-double of the season. In that matchup, Jordan supplied 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a two-point road victory over the Nets. On Feb. 13, Clarkson came off the bench to score a career-high 42 points in a triple-overtime marathon loss against those same Brooklyn Nets. The performance also represented his career highs in minutes played (47), made field goals (16), attempted field goals (34) and attempted three pointers (17).2017
Clarkson started his fourth season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in 53 games in L.A., starting two of them. Clarkson averaged 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. Clarkson poured in a season-high 33 points against Indiana on Jan. 19, then followed up that performance with a 29-point, 10-assist double-double against the Knicks on Jan. 21. Clarkson was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trading deadline in the hopes of adding scoring and depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their title aspirations with LeBron James. Clarkson shot a career-best 40.7-percent from three-point range in 28 regular season games for the Cavs. Clarkson appeared in 19 playoff games for the Cavaliers, as they advanced to the Finals for the fourth-straight year. Clarkson's best game in playoffs came in Game 4 of the Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. He scored 12 points in a 104-100 victory. Clarkson averaged 4.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in the playoffs overall, playing 15.0 minutes per contest.2016
After entering the open market as a free agent, Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year contract. The three-season vet posted averages of 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in a campaign where he primarily came off the bench -- he made just 19 starts throughout the regular season. Though playing as a backup for most of 2016-17, Clarkson re-entered the starting lineup upon the end of the year. It came right after he distributed a season-best eight assists to go along with 30 points and six rebounds during a Mar. 12 home game with the 76ers. Clarkson averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 16 straight starts beginning Mar. 13. One of his starts included a career-high 35 points (13-20 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT) on Mar. 24 during a victory against the Timberwolves. He shot more selectively inside the arc than the year before, averaging 8.7 shots (9.8 in 2015-16) but shooting over 50 percent from two-point distance for the first time in his career. Clarkson thrived at other areas as well, including three contests where he tied his career-high of five steals. The 24-year-old also stayed perfectly healthy, playing all 82 games for the Lakers for the 2016-17 season.2015
After drafting top prospect D'Angelo Russell, the Lakers ultimately shifted Clarkson to the shooting guard position for the 2015-16 season. It was there where he played his first full NBA campaign, averaging 32.3 minutes and starting 79 games for the team. His move to the shooting guard spot provided him more scoring opportunities, as he averaged 13.9 shots per game in 2015-16 versus 10.1 in 2014-15. Clarkson displayed both greater confidence and efficiency with his outside shooting compared to the preceding year, averaging 4.1 three-point shots (2.1 in 2014-15) and drilling 34.7 percent from deep (31.4 percent in 2014-15). The 23-year-old matched his scoring high from the previous campaign by delivering a 30-point performance on Nov. 3 versus the Nuggets. Less control of the ball meant his assists total went down, but Clarkson did dish a season-best seven assists four times in 2016. He earned his first 10-rebound game on Nov. 29 while also scoring 22 points to earn his first and only double-double of the campaign against the Pacers. Clarkson went on to finish his second season with averages of 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.2014
With the 46th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Clarkson and subsequently traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson had to work his way into the rotation, but the 22-year-old ultimately played in 59 games for the Lakers with 38 starts. Clarkson made his NBA debut with eight points, four rebounds and two assists on opening night, Oct. 28, against the Rockets. He saw his first start on Jan. 23 after star Kobe Bryant tore the rotator cuff on his right shoulder. The rookie then started LA's next 37 games. During those starts, Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per start. Clarkson established his career-bests for points and assists within a week of each other, scoring 30 points on Mar. 24 at Oklahoma City and distributing 11 dimes on Mar. 30 in Philadelphia. His 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds averaged during March earned him the Rookie of the Month Award. Clarkson concluded the campaign with a strong defensive performance, grabbing five steals at Sacramento on Apr. 13. The league named him to the All-Rookie First Team for his efforts, an honor a second-round pick had not achieved since Landry Fields did it in 2011. Clarkson finished his inaugural season with a stat line of 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Those marks also came with strong shooting numbers: 44.8 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from deep and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line.
June 26, 2014Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 2nd round (46th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
June 27, 2014Traded by the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers for cash.
August 25, 2014Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
July 7, 2016Signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
February 8, 2018Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas and a 2018 1st round draft pick
December 23, 2019Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum and two future second-round picks.