Jordan Clarkson continues to work hard to ensure that the Los Angeles Lakers will have a brighter future in the post-Kobe Bryant era. The Filipino-American guard, together with the Lakers young cores, is seriously taking the challenge to take over Mamba’s throne as the new face of the purple and gold.
After being selected as the 46th overall pick by the Washington Wizards, Jordan Clarkson proved his worth once his draft rights were traded to the Lakers. The 24-year-old guard made an impressive performance in his rookie season and was labeled as a ‘steal’ in the 2014 NBA draft.
Instead of joining the Lakers’ young cores in the Summer League, Jordan Clarkson decided to develop his skills in the gym with Pure Sweat trainer Drew Hanlen. His first assignment is to improve his three-point shooting. In the past two seasons, Clarkson raised his accuracy from 31.4 percent to 34.7 percent.
In another video posted by NBPA, Jordan Clarkson showed a much tighter ball handling and quickness off of the pick-and-roll.
Aside from focusing on his offense, Jordan Clarkson should also consider working on his defense. It is very noticeable that the Filipino-American guard lacks intensity on the defensive end in the past two seasons.
“When JC was off the floor, the Lakers allowed opponents an offensive rating of 107.9, which is awful in its own right. But, when Clarkson was in the game, that number ballooned to 113.8.” Jeremy Bucker of Laker Show Life wrote.
Once Clarkson continues to improve his skills, there is no doubt that he can take over Kobe Bryant’s throne as the new face of the Los Angeles Lakers. There is nothing to expect much from the Lakers next season since they mostly consist of young players.
However, fans are excited to see what can these players offer in the post-Kobe Bryant era. The Lakers currently have plenty of promising young talents that have the potential to become superstars in the future. The Lakers should take the challenge to disprove the claim that they are still the worst team in the Western Conference next season.
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