The Los Angeles Lakers have a young team but with the arrival of Luke Walton as head coach they are expected to make improvements in the upcoming NBA season. One of the players the Lakers are looking forward to is guard Jordan Clarkson, who has been one of the consistent performers during the time the L.A. squad struggled to get the wins.
Gary Kester of Silver Screen and Roll claims that the “sky is the limit” for Clarkson in his latest piece, which means the Filipino-American guard could become one of the breakout stars in the NBA in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Kester believes that the arrival of Walton will maximize Clarkson’s ability, especially if the Lakers can emulate the Warriors’ running game.
“If Luke Walton wants to implement an offensive system similar to what the Golden State Warriors run, this means the Lakers will look to space the floor, creating more room to operate in half-court sets,” Kester wrote.
“It also indicates that Walton wants the young Lakers to get out on the break and run early and often, netting some easy buckets in transition. Gifted with a ton of athletic ability, Clarkson would be one of the main beneficiaries of a more up-tempo style of play.”
Clarkson will be playing in just his third year in the NBA but is old when the age of the other Lakers’ core is taken into consideration. Point guard D’Angelo Russell is 20, Brandon Ingram is 18 and Julius Randle is 21.
In his second season in the league, Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game. The numbers are expected to rise as the Filipino-American is expected to have a bigger role in the upcoming season with the departure of Kobe Bryant.
Lakers rumors had Clarkson involved in trades this offseason because Russell plays the guard position as well. But it appears the Lakers want to try out both together for the next NBA season.
How will Luke Walton use Jordan Clarkson on offense? Walton as interim head coach for the Warriors played a lot of small ball in Golden State and with the Lakers he can also play Clarkson and Russell together in a small backcourt.
Without Kobe, can Clarkson become one of the primary options for the team alongside their other young stars?
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