The past NBA season for the Lakers was so disappointing that most fans would not want to remember it. It can be an excuse for them as they let their legend handle the ball more since he is retiring. However, it led to the point that it really affected the team’s efficiency overall.
Losses piled up as a result.
Now, Kobe Bryant is already retired, who is the player that can be expected to lead this young group of guys in Los Angeles? This is a tough question.
But one guy has the ability to assume that role.
He is Jordan Clarkson.
Basing it on his age at 24, he is the oldest among the young guns who were recently drafted or acquired by the Lakers in the past two years. He actually assumed a leadership type of role when he’s still a rookie at age 22 back in a forgettable 2014-2015 season.
He demonstrated his passing, dribbling and shooting skills while handling the ball as a starting point guard of the team.
Opportunities were actually hard to come by for him. Only playing increased minutes at the second half of his rookie season. This is because he is going back and forth at the d-league affiliate of his team.
But those breaks to train in the developmental league has been rewarded. It happened when he was given heavy minutes by his coach in which he did not disappoint at most games.
He finished that season with an average of 11.9 points a game. His stellar plays on the court made him a part of the all-rookie first team as well.
Moving on, he did quite well in his second season by increasing his scoring to an average of 15.5 points a game. He also upped his three-point percentage, rebounds per game and steals per game.
Jordan is also known for his great work ethic due to his constant training in the gym according to Nathaniel Lastrapes of Lakersnation. He also works on other weak areas of his game and he joined for the first time, a bush league called Drew League. The young guard out of Missouri recently dropped 33 points in this tourney after going 1 of 12 for six points in his first game.
Nonetheless, Clarkson will continue to improve just like his scoring in the past two seasons. With his eagerness to improve on both of his offense and defense this off-season, a breakout seems likely next season.
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