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. Contract includes $4.34 million team option for 2022-23.
Personal Bio

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).

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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.

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FMemphis Grizzlies
October 13, 2021
Clarke finished Wednesday's preseason game against Indiana with 11 points (4-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, three assists, two steals and two blocks.
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The Grizzlies sat a number of starters, allowing Clarke to move into the lineup at one forward spot and see 23 minutes of action. He had the kind of performance fantasy managers were hoping to see more of in 2020-21, but ultimately it was a letdown season for the Gonzaga product, who was coming off of an encouraging rookie year. By the end of the season, Clarke found himself out of the Grizzlies' playoff rotation, so he'll be looking to reestablish himself as an up-and-coming two-way forward in 2021-22.
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2020

Clarke appeared in 59 games for the Grizzlies during the 2020-21 regular season and started 16 times. The second-year big man made 13 starts in a row in a span between January 1 and February 4, a stretch in which he averaged 14.3 points and 6.1 rebounds across 29.4 minutes per game, but he came off the bench through most of the rest of the campaign. The former Gonzaga standout delivered his best game of the season in that particular span, as he posted 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two blocks and a steal across 33 minutes against the Brooklyn Nets on January 8. That was one of Clarke's two games with at least 20 points. He recorded a season-high 12 rebounds twice, including a 16-point, 12-rebound double-double against the Houston Rockets on February 28. Other season-high marks for Clarke included five assists (twice), four steals, and five blocks. He recorded at least three blocks in five different games, and he pulled down at least seven boards in 19 different games. He also recorded three double-doubles. Clarke finished his second year in The Association averaging 10.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 0.9 blocks per game, setting up new career-best figures in each of the last three aforementioned categories, and he logged 24.0 minutes per tilt. Clarke also shot 51.7 percent from the field, 26.0 percent from three-point range, and 69.0 percent from the free throw line. He only appeared in two postseason games for Memphis, averaging 1.0 points across 5.0 minutes per game off the bench.

2019

After two seasons at San Jose State and one season at Gonzaga, Clarke was selected by the Grizzlies with the 21st overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. In his NBA debut against the Heat on Oct. 23, Clarke accumulated eight points (3-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes. He had his first double-digit scoring outing in the following game when he posted 14 points (7-9 FG, 0-1 3pt) in 25 minutes against the Bulls. During the fifth game of the season, Clarke delivered a season-high 11 rebounds -- a feat he later achieved four more times -- against the Suns. That contest was also his first of three double-doubles, with Clarke scoring 16 points (7-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 1-2 FT) in that matchup as well, not to mention a season-high three steals. The rookie recorded his first of four 20-point games Dec. 14 in a 17-point win over the Wizards, accumulating 25 points (11-14 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT) in 24 minutes. The 6-foot-8 big man scored a season-high 27 points on two occasions -- first on Dec. 18 against the Thunder and second on Feb. 12 against the Trail Blazers. Overall, Clarke averaged 12.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 22.4 minutes. Arguably his best stretch of the season was seven games from Nov. 15 through Nov. 29, where Clarke averaged 13.4 points -- 69.5 FG%, 57.1 3Pt%, 72.7 FT% -- 5.7 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 combined steals-plus-blocks in 21.5 minutes, scoring in double-digits in all but one contest. In terms of the NBA ranks, Clarke finished fourth in true-shooting percentage (66.3) and sixth in offensive rating (127.0). In September of 2020, Clarke was named to the First Team All-Rookie squad with teammate Ja Morant.

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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Out of playoff rotation
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 27, 2021
Clarke picked up his fourth consecutive DNP-CD in Wednesday's Game 2 loss to Utah.
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Avoids injury report
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 15, 2021
Clarke (thigh) isn't listed on the injury report for Sunday's game at Golden State.
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Out with sore thigh
FMemphis Grizzlies
Thigh
May 14, 2021
Clarke will not play Friday against the Kings due to right thigh soreness.
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Excellent in blowout win
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 11, 2021
Clarke posted 14 points (5-9 FG, 4-4 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in 19 minutes during Tuesday's 133-104 win over the Mavericks.
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Double-doubles off bench
FMemphis Grizzlies
May 5, 2021
Clarke accumulated 12 points (5-11 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 23 minutes during Wednesday's 139-135 win over the Timberwolves.
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