Jordan Clarkson was moved to a bench role with the Los Angeles Lakers this season. However, with the recent struggles from both team and the Filipino-American, the Lakers could bring him back to a starting role again this year, according to NBA rumors.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton recently talked with Clarkson about his play recently and emphasized his role off the bench.
“We know he’s capable of doing it. We also know he’s a very capable scorer. We kind of just want him to be in attack mode, but be ready to make the right play each time. Sometimes that’s a shot. Sometimes that’s a pass,” Walton, who joined the Lakers in the offseason, said about Clarkson via Los Angeles Daily News.
Jordan Clarkson, Lakers struggling in December
The article notes that Clarkson’s numbers the last ten games has not been pretty, which is the reason why there are NBA rumors that the Filipino-American could prefer a starting job.
For the season, the third year shooting guard has averages of 14.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.2 assists. However, he has been shooting the ball poorly in December; at 39.8% field goal shooting and just 30.8% from the three-point area.
The Lakers are also 1-9 in this stretch with their lone win coming against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers. This includes blowout losses to the Toronto Raptors (113-80) and Sacramento Kings (116-92) but all others have been close games.
Lakers teammate Nick Young said that it’s just a proper mindset for Clarkson, who “just needed to see the ball go in the hole” and that he should “stop putting so much pressure on himself.”
Clarkson to prove he’s worth $50M
Clarkson was rewarded with a four-year $50 million contract last summer due to his great play last year. But the Lakers want to see more and prove he deserves that contract.
Clarkson was moved to a bench role this year to play behind D’Angelo Russell and Nick Young. That rotation worked early for the Lakers as they started the first month at an average 10-10 record.
Here are some Jordan Clarkson’s highlights this season:
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Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals last year for the Lakers. All numbers were career-highs as Clarkson started the 79 of 79 games he played.
NBA rumors have also included Clarkson in trade talks but nothing is clear in L.A., which is in rebuilding mode. Would it be better for the Lakers to bring back Jordan Clarkson as a starter for this season? Will the Filipino-American continue to struggle with a bench role?
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