Brandon Clarke

Brandon Clarke

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Memphis Grizzlies
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After a strong rookie season, Clarke fell victim to the dreaded sophomore slump. His efficiency fell across the board, and he was a worse rebounder despite seeing more minutes. The result was Clarke's fantasy ranking dropping from 106th to 141st on a per-game basis due to his 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.9 combined steals-plus-blocks. He continued to play a backup role behind the likes of Jaren Jackson, Jonas Valanciunas and Kyle Anderson. That shouldn't change this season, though Steven Adams has replaced Valanciunas. There's reason to be optimistic regarding Clarke's upside for those in dynasty and keeper leagues, but fantasy managers in redraft formats probably don't need to consider Clarke except in deep formats. His potential is heavily reliant on players ahead of him getting injured, which is never a good thing to bank on. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $5.08 million contract with the Grizzlies in July of 2019. Grizzlies exercised $2.73 million team option for 2021-22 in December of 2020. Grizzlies exercised $4.34 million team option for 2022-23 in October of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Clarke was born in 1996 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and moved to the United States at the age of three. He was one of Arizona's top shot-blockers when attending Desert Vista High School in Phoenix. Clarke was able to lead the team to the Division I state championship in 2015. As a senior, he was named to the first-team All-Arizona Division I by the Arizona Republic, having recorded 10 triple-doubles. As a junior, he averaged 15.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 4.0 blocks. Check out Clarke on Twitter (@brandonclarke23) and Instagram (@brandon_clarke23). Clarke led Gonzaga in rebounds per game (8.6) and was second in average points per game at 16.9 in his first and only season at the school. The Phoenix, Arizona native transferred from San Jose State to Gonzaga after two seasons. Clarke was named the West Coast Conference Rookie of the Year while at Gonzaga. He was also pegged for the 2018-19 All-WCC team. Clarke set a 2018-19 season-high mark of 36 points against Baylor in the second round of the NCAA tournament and led Gonzaga to the to the Elite Eight. He declared for the 2019 NBA Draft and was selected 21st overall by the Thunder. He was then traded to Grizzlies a few weeks later.

Starts, plays 20 minutes in loss
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 15, 2022
Clarke accumulated nine points (3-5 FG, 2-2 3Pt, 1-1 FT), one rebound, one assist, two blocks and one steal over 20 minutes during Friday's 112-85 loss to the Mavericks.
ANALYSIS
Despite Steven Adams returning from COVID-19 protocols, the Grizzlies opted to start Clarke and Jaren Jackson up front, but Clarke ultimately saw only 20 minutes of action in a game that got out of hand after a big third quarter by the Mavs. After falling out of favor last season, Clarke has worked his way back into a consistent role, and he's averaged 14.0 points, 7.2 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.7 block over his last nine contests. Adams' return isn't a great sign for Clarke, but it's worth noting that he was still routinely seeing 20-plus minutes off the bench before the big men entered protocols.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
Clarke flashed big-time potential in his rookie season, averaging 12.1 points with 5.9 rebounds, 0.6 steals and 0.8 blocks despite making just four starts and averaging a modest 22.4 minutes. Stretch those stats out over 36 minutes and you get 19.4 points, 9.6 boards, 1.3 blocks and 0.9 steals -- the numbers of a fantasy star. There are few weaknesses in Clarke's game; he shot a remarkable 61.8 percent from the field as a rookie, posted a good-enough 75.9 free-throw percentage, and even proved to be a solid three-point shooter (35.9 percent). To start this season, Jaren Jackson won't be fully recovered from his torn meniscus, so Clarke should start at power forward until he returns. Given the upside Clarke showed as a rookie, he has strong potential as a fantasy sleeper and could get off to a hot start.
Clarke transferred to Gonzaga last season after two years with San Jose State, and he won the WCC Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year behind versatile play on both ends of the court. Over his last two collegiate seasons, Clarke put up 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists on 64.0 percent shooting from the field. On top of the near double-double he averaged on offense, Clarke also posted a healthy 4.1 combined blocks/steals. He was a standout in the NCAA tournament, leading the Bulldogs on a deep run. The No. 21 overall pick in 2019 should be the primary backup at one of the frontcourt positions behind Jonas Valanciunas and Jaren Jackson, where he'll likely find a rotational role with minutes in the 20s. His rebounding, shooting and defensive numbers should provide him a high floor as a rookie on an up-and-coming Memphis team.
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Starting Friday
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 14, 2022
Clarke is starting Friday's game against Dallas.
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Grabs career-high 15 boards
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 8, 2022
Clarke notched 18 points (6-9 FG, 6-9 FT), 15 rebounds, three assists and three blocks in 28 minutes during Saturday's 123-108 win over the Clippers.
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Scores 13 with three blocks
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 4, 2022
Clarke ended Tuesday's 110-106 victory over the Cavaliers with 13 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, three blocks and one steal across 25 minutes.
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Turns in another strong outing
FMemphis Grizzlies
January 3, 2022
Clarke contributed 16 points (8-9 FG), seven rebounds and two assists across 25 minutes during Monday's 118-104 victory over Brooklyn.
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Shoots efficiently in return
FMemphis Grizzlies
December 26, 2021
Clarke (knee) put up 14 points (5-6 FG, 4-5 FT), five rebounds, two assists and one block in 15 minutes Sunday in the Grizzlies' 127-102 win over the Kings.
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