Who’s the best player in the Lakers’ roster this season? Undoubtedly, it’s Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson returned to form with a strong play on Saturday against Portland Trail Blazers. Clarkson’s show couldn’t bring the Los Angeles Lakers back to winning ways. The Lakers conceded the game 108-96.
Despite the Lakers’ fall, Clarkson once more displayed his marvel on the court. He notched up 19 points (8-15 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds and four assists featuring for 36 minutes. Moreover, Clarkson, a second-year pro, managed his second highest-playing minutes. He now has featured for more than 32 minutes in four of the last five games.
On Saturday, Clarkson faced the challenge of bouncing back from a dismal show against the reigning champions Golden State Warriors on Tuesday. On that game, he posted a forgettable 2-for-11 shooting performance. Clarkson raised his show by shooting 53 percent against the Blazers.
Clarkson has improved his long-range shooting remarkably. Now, what was once his weakness has become his strength. He shot 42 percent from the 3-point range, which is quite healthy. He is currently the second highest scorer in the Lakers camp.
Another virtue, young Clarkson has proven that this season is his efficacy to fit in multiple roles. His ability to adapt and put in his best performance will raise the interest of other teams. The Lakers have signed a two-year-deal with guard Clarkson this summer.