Naysayers are predicting another disappointing season for the Los Angeles Lakers, but that has not stopped the boys in purple and gold from expanding (literally) their game. In a video shared via twitter, Lakers shooting guard Jordan Clarkson cannot seem to stop shooting threes. Making fifteen consecutive shots. From 30 feet.
This brings hope to a much needed Lakers back-court, which will also be led by sophomore D’Angelo Russell, who is poised to do much better this season. In 2015-16, the then-rookie from Ohio State put in 13.2 PPG, 3.4 RBG and 3.3 APG, clocking an average of almost 30-minutes per game. Above average numbers for a rookie, but still with much room for development.
Clarkson, on the other hand, was contributing 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists per game last season. His three-pointer also saw an improvement last year raising his 31.4 three-point field goal percentage to 34.7 percent. He doesn’t seem to be satisfied though as the video, shared by Clarkson’s coach Drew Hanlen, proves.
— Drew Hanlen (@DrewHanlen) August 2, 2016
Don’t blink, and make sure to count.
As much as this may get a lot of Lakers fans excited, Clarkson (and the rest of LA) still have a lot of work to do. Though the shooting guard already has a reputation for being a slasher, his off-the-ball game still leaves a lot to be desired. An improvement in this aspect could open up the rest of the team and help out in their overall efficiency. Randle has been trying (still) to improve his shooting, while the rookie, Brandon Ingram, will still definitely try to find his role in the team.
With new head coach, Luke Walton, manning the stern, it does seem like he is slightly following the Warriors playbook and looking to go beyond the arc. He just needs the players who are willing to cross that line. Hopefully, Clarkson is already one of them.
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