There were a lot of players who shined this year over the two weeks of the NBA Summer League in both Orlando and Las Vegas. Though the usual suspects, lottery picks from this year and the past couple of years, shined in the Summer League competition, it was Ian Clark, who played for the Golden State Warriors’ squad in Vegas, that really left a lot of people talking.
In seven games with the Warriors, Clark averaged 12.4 points, 1.9 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals in just 21.6 minute per game. However, the most impressive part of his game was his dead-eye shooting from beyond-the-arc, converting on 48.5 percent of his attempts. He was also the MVP of the Summer League Final, notching 33 points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal on 12-19 shooting and 7-10 three-point shooting.
Clark went undrafted this year out of Belmont, but he has now found a landing spot in the league. This past Monday, Clark and the Utah Jazz agreed on a deal, though the terms of that deal have not been released to the public, per NBA.com.
The Jazz were in the market for a point guard this summer and addressed those issues on draft night when they traded up so that they could land Trey Burke. With only Burke and Alec Burks at point guard on their roster, though, they definitely could have used depth at the position, which Clark brings to this team.
There’s no telling if Clark will break into the Jazz’s rotation or not. However, Clark showed at Summer League that he is an elite shooter and, if there’s one thing that continually is proven in this league, it’s that there is always room for elite shooters on NBA rosters.