The Los Angeles Lakers have signed the 46th overall draft pick Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson was a virtually unknown player entering the draft, and many were skeptical when the Lakers traded cash considerations to acquire him in the second round. The 6-foot-5 guard from Missouri strutted his stuff during the Las Vegas Summer League.
Clarkson posted great numbers during the Summer League, leading the Lakers in scoring and rebounding in all five of his starts. Clarkson averaged 15.8 points and five rebounds a game while shooting 42 percent from the three point arc. There were moments when he shined brightest, scoring consecutive points late in games to solidify wins, or being at the right place during the right time to tip a ball in to win a game.
Clarkson has officially made the team, which I felt he would once the Lakers brass selected him. He has a very good chance to gain some minutes during the upcoming season, as question marks still swirl around two-time MVP Steve Nash and his health. The only guard who will for sure play is Jeremy Lin.
Clarkson will see extended minutes this season if Nash cannot stay healthy. Given the track record of Nash over the past two seasons, it is very likely that Nash will not see much action this season. The Lakers rolled the dice and it looks as if they will be handsomely rewarded for their investment.
Look for Clarkson to play alongside the usual suspects this season as he enters his rookie year in the Lakers purple and gold.