Los Angeles Lakers Should Consider Bringing Back Earl Clark

By Brendan Patel
Pat Lovell - USA TODAY Sports
Pat Lovell – USA TODAY Sports

Earl Clark had a very good season with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2012-2013, but decided to use his successful season for an increase in salary. He struggled to find playing time with his new teams, and as a result, will have trouble finding a team for next season. He is a player that must work hard just to make a roster on opening night, but this also means that he will come at an inexpensive price. He showed potential when on the Lakers, and they should consider bringing him back for another season.

Clark was one of the few bright spots on a loaded Lakers team during that season, and his athleticism was a welcome sight. His ability to play the power forward position but guard the opposing team’s best perimeter player made him extremely valuable. He has decent length for his position, and can help upgrade the team on defense. He was a willing rebounder who could also create turnovers and cover the mistakes of his teammates.

Offensively, Clark displayed a decent mid-range game with a developing outside shot. He wasn’t afraid to attack the basket aggressively, and was a player that other teams had to account for. He fits in well with players like Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, because he does not need the ball in his hands to be successful. He also moves very well off the ball and would flourish playing next to two skilled passers.

Clark is still young and wants to prove that he belongs in the league. The Lakers need a player with his athleticism and versatility, especially on the defensive side of the ball. He will be looking for a minimum contract and the chance to make the team, something that the Lakers can offer. They should seriously consider Clark during the offseason.



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