Jordan Clarkson
Jordan Clarkson
27-Year-Old GuardG
Utah Jazz  NBA  
Utah Jazz
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Clarkson finished just behind Kevin Love (17.0 PPG) in scoring for Cleveland last season with a career-high 16.8 points per game. He added 3.3 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his first full season with the team and assumed the role of primary scoring option for most of the year, as Love appeared in just 22 games. He's not a knockdown shooter, but Clarkson did hit a career-high 1.8 triples per contest. He logged 27.3 minutes per contest in 2018-19, though that's likely to change this season. Cleveland drafted talented Vanderbilt guard Darius Garland with the fifth pick in this year's draft, and he'll likely be a starter immediately. With the backcourt occupied by Garland and second-year guard Collin Sexton, minutes will be harder to come by for Clarkson. If Kevin Love can stay healthy, he'll be a top option on offense and cut into Clarkson's playing time and production even further. Clarkson still a talented scorer, and is sure to retain value in points and threes, though fantasy owners should temper expectations this season. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Lakers in July of 2016. Traded to the Cavaliers in February of 2018. Traded to the Jazz in December of 2019.
Personal Bio

Jordan Taylor Clarkson was born in 1992 in Tampa, Florida to Mike Clarkson and Annette Davis. He attended Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio, Texas and started his final three years. Clarkson posted 10 points a game and received All-District honorable mention during his sophomore season. His junior campaign featured an average of 20 points, six rebounds, and four assists. As a senior, Clarkson produced excellent all-around stats with 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 steals per game and was named San Antonio High School Player of the Year. Over his NBA career, he has worked with many charities that cover a wide range of causes. Clarkson also established the JC Cares Foundation to help families dealing with cancer and provide aid to companies trying to find a cure. You can follow him on Twitter (@JordanClarksons) and Instagram (@jordanclarksons).

College/International Summary

It is a quirk of fate that Clarkson spent his first two seasons at Tulsa and then transferred to Missouri to play for coach Frank Haith, who eventually became the Tulsa head coach. The 6-foot-5 guard played for coach Doug Wojcik with the Golden Hurricane. He primarily came off the bench as a freshman, but he started the first nine games of the season and scored in double digits five times. Clarkson finished the season strong by scoring at least 10 points in his last seven games, including 21 points in a Conference USA Tournament win over Rice. The guard moved into the starting lineup as a sophomore and delivered 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists while draining 37.4 percent of his three-pointers. Clarkson scored 23 points in four different games. After the season, he decided to transfer to Missouri to play for Haith. After sitting out a season, the 6-foot-5 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.4 assists. He was only held to single-digit scoring once and hit a career-high 31 points in a win over Southern Illinois. The Tigers were invited to the 2014 NIT, where they ousted Davidson before falling to Southern Miss. Following his lone season with Missouri, Clarkson declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.

Faring well off bench
GUtah Jazz
March 23, 2020
Clarkson averaged 14.0 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals over his final 10 games before the NBA suspended play.
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Clarkson made an immediate positive impact for Utah after coming over from Cleveland via trade in December. He held down a consistent role as one of the first players off the bench, which continued into early March. In his last game before the shutdown, Clarkson went for nine points, three assists and two boards in a loss to Toronto.
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2018

In his second year with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jordan Clarkson assumed a key bench role and contributed in 81 games. The durable guard has only missed two games during the past three seasons. In 2018-19, he set a new career high with 16.8 points per game. He averaged 6.5 made field goals and 1.8 made three-point field goals per game, which were also both career highs. Clarkson's role for the Cavs was clear: provide scoring punch off the bench. The sharp shooting guard delivered those 16.8 points per game without any starts. On Dec. 3, Jordan delivered his lone double-double of the season. In that matchup, Jordan supplied 20 points, 11 rebounds and four assists in a two-point road victory over the Nets. On Feb. 13, Clarkson came off the bench to score a career-high 42 points in a triple-overtime marathon loss against those same Brooklyn Nets. The performance also represented his career highs in minutes played (47), made field goals (16), attempted field goals (34) and attempted three pointers (17).

2017

Clarkson started his fourth season in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers. He played in 53 games in L.A., starting two of them. Clarkson averaged 14.5 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. Clarkson poured in a season-high 33 points against Indiana on Jan. 19, then followed up that performance with a 29-point, 10-assist double-double against the Knicks on Jan. 21. Clarkson was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trading deadline in the hopes of adding scoring and depth to the Cleveland Cavaliers and their title aspirations with LeBron James. Clarkson shot a career-best 40.7-percent from three-point range in 28 regular season games for the Cavs. Clarkson appeared in 19 playoff games for the Cavaliers, as they advanced to the Finals for the fourth-straight year. Clarkson's best game in playoffs came in Game 4 of the Conference Quarterfinals against the Indiana Pacers. He scored 12 points in a 104-100 victory. Clarkson averaged 4.7 points and 1.7 rebounds per game in the playoffs overall, playing 15.0 minutes per contest.

2016

After entering the open market as a free agent, Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year contract. The three-season vet posted averages of 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in a campaign where he primarily came off the bench -- he made just 19 starts throughout the regular season. Though playing as a backup for most of 2016-17, Clarkson re-entered the starting lineup upon the end of the year. It came right after he distributed a season-best eight assists to go along with 30 points and six rebounds during a Mar. 12 home game with the 76ers. Clarkson averaged 16.2 points, 3.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 16 straight starts beginning Mar. 13. One of his starts included a career-high 35 points (13-20 FG, 8-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT) on Mar. 24 during a victory against the Timberwolves. He shot more selectively inside the arc than the year before, averaging 8.7 shots (9.8 in 2015-16) but shooting over 50 percent from two-point distance for the first time in his career. Clarkson thrived at other areas as well, including three contests where he tied his career-high of five steals. The 24-year-old also stayed perfectly healthy, playing all 82 games for the Lakers for the 2016-17 season.

2015

After drafting top prospect D'Angelo Russell, the Lakers ultimately shifted Clarkson to the shooting guard position for the 2015-16 season. It was there where he played his first full NBA campaign, averaging 32.3 minutes and starting 79 games for the team. His move to the shooting guard spot provided him more scoring opportunities, as he averaged 13.9 shots per game in 2015-16 versus 10.1 in 2014-15. Clarkson displayed both greater confidence and efficiency with his outside shooting compared to the preceding year, averaging 4.1 three-point shots (2.1 in 2014-15) and drilling 34.7 percent from deep (31.4 percent in 2014-15). The 23-year-old matched his scoring high from the previous campaign by delivering a 30-point performance on Nov. 3 versus the Nuggets. Less control of the ball meant his assists total went down, but Clarkson did dish a season-best seven assists four times in 2016. He earned his first 10-rebound game on Nov. 29 while also scoring 22 points to earn his first and only double-double of the campaign against the Pacers. Clarkson went on to finish his second season with averages of 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

2014

With the 46th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Clarkson and subsequently traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers. Clarkson had to work his way into the rotation, but the 22-year-old ultimately played in 59 games for the Lakers with 38 starts. Clarkson made his NBA debut with eight points, four rebounds and two assists on opening night, Oct. 28, against the Rockets. He saw his first start on Jan. 23 after star Kobe Bryant tore the rotator cuff on his right shoulder. The rookie then started LA's next 37 games. During those starts, Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.1 steals per start. Clarkson established his career-bests for points and assists within a week of each other, scoring 30 points on Mar. 24 at Oklahoma City and distributing 11 dimes on Mar. 30 in Philadelphia. His 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds averaged during March earned him the Rookie of the Month Award. Clarkson concluded the campaign with a strong defensive performance, grabbing five steals at Sacramento on Apr. 13. The league named him to the All-Rookie First Team for his efforts, an honor a second-round pick had not achieved since Landry Fields did it in 2011. Clarkson finished his inaugural season with a stat line of 11.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 rebounds. Those marks also came with strong shooting numbers: 44.8 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from deep and 82.9 percent from the free-throw line.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Washington Wizards in the 2nd round (46th pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • June 27, 2014
    Traded by the Washington Wizards to the Los Angeles Lakers for cash.
  • August 25, 2014
    Signed a rookie multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • July 7, 2016
    Signed a four-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers
  • February 8, 2018
    Traded by the Los Angeles Lakers with Larry Nance Jr. to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Channing Frye, Isaiah Thomas and a 2018 1st round draft pick
  • December 23, 2019
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum and two future second-round picks.
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With the selection of Lonzo Ball, as well as the return of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Clarkson opened the 2017-18 campaign in a bench role for the Lakers. He primarily was tasked with providing a scoring presence in the second unit, but was eventually sent to the Cavaliers at the trade deadline in what was a deal that netted the Lakers Isaiah Thomas. Clarkson would go on to play in 28 games with the Cavaliers and saw his numbers take a slight hit across the board with averages of 12.6 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists across 22.6 minutes. He did, however, prove to me a much better shooter and hit 40.7 percent of his three-point attempts with Cleveland compared to just 32.4 percent with Los Angeles. Looking forward to the upcoming season, the Cavaliers no longer have superstar LeBron James on the roster. That creates a huge void in the rotation, so Clarkson could see a few extra minutes on the wing. Still, the Cavaliers selected promising point guard Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 Draft and also bring back George Hill, J.R. Smith and Kyle Korver, so there's still a bit of a log jam in the backcourt. If Clarkson's role does increase, it would likely only be minor in nature.
After starting in 117 of the first 138 games of his career through two seasons, Clarkson was expected to man the shooting guard spot for the top unit to open 2016-17, but first-year coach Luke Walton had other ideas. In an effort to stagger his backcourt scoring a little more, Walton went with Nick Young as his starter for much of last season, with Clarkson instead settling in as the team’s sixth or seventh man. The demotion to the bench came with a slight decline in minutes, but since he often acted as the primary option for the second unit, Clarkson’s overall production -- he averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.4 treys per game -- didn’t change much from the year before. While Clarkson’s raw numbers were useful enough in most fantasy leagues, the Lakers were surely counting on more efficiency from the 25-year-old, who shot a meager 32.9 percent from distance and saw his assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3) decline for a second straight year. The lack of progress in those areas combined with poor defense on the perimeter may have prompted the organization to scale back their long-term expectations for Clarkson, who had signed a four-year, $50 million extension prior to last summer. With the Lakers inking a true three-and-D wing in Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a one-year deal in July to replace Young and slot into the starting backcourt alongside the No. 2 overall pick, point guard Lonzo Ball, it looks like Clarkson will be primed for another year as the team’s go-to scorer off the bench. Clarkson will likely act as the top backup at either guard spot, but because Ball and Caldwell-Pope should be in store for nearly 30 minutes or more per game, Clarkson seems unlikely to see his role expand much.
While the Kobe Bryant farewell tour dominated headlines in Los Angeles, Clarkson quietly turned in a productive sophomore season. The 2014 second-rounder averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game, with much of that production coming while sharing the court with the possession-wasting Bryant. Clarkson, who converted 34.7 percent of his 4.1 three-point attempts per game, should continue to progress, though it’s unclear where he’ll fit in the young Lakers’ offensive hierarchy. Under new coach Luke Walton, second-year point guard D’Angelo Russell should take on a much larger role, while Julius Randle, offseason pickup Luol Deng and No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram will need to get their touches. As a result, a significant jump in Clarkson’s counting stat production probably isn’t realistic, but with Bryant out of the picture, he has a clear path to starter’s minutes at the shooting guard spot, making him a reasonable mid-round fantasy option.
After being buried behind both Jeremy Lin and Ronnie Price to start his rookie season, Clarkson busted out of the shackles in the second half of the season to earn All-Rookie honors. For the entire season, he averaged 25 minutes a game in his 59 games, with averages of 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.6 three-pointers, while shooting 45 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line. But, we need to look at what Clarkson was able to do when he was inserted into the starting lineup to get a real feel for his contribution. As a starter in 38 games, Clarkson played 32 minutes, averaging 15.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.9 three-pointers, shooting 46 percent from the field and 84 percent from the stripe. Those are fantastic numbers, but they came along with a usage rate of 24.1, and with Kobe Bryant and Nick Young returning from injury, as well as the offseason additions of D'Angelo Russell and Lou Williams, it appears as though it will be hard for Clarkson to approach that sort of playing time again, barring injury. Still, we've seen what he can do when he's out on the court, and the Lakers would be wise to develop the backcourt combination of he and Russell, as that's where the future of the franchise likely will be headed.
Jordan Clarkson was the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, initially selected by the Washington Wizards. The Lakers acquired his draft rights for cash considerations on draft night. Clarkson, a combo guard, played two seasons at the University of Tulsa before transferring to Missouri and playing his junior campaign there last season. As a junior, he averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 0.9 three-pointers in 35 minutes per game through 35 games. The 17.5 points per game he scored ranked seventh in the SEC last season. In summer league, Clarkson showed his potential, averaging 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks, and 1.6 three-pointers in 31 minutes per game through five games. Currently sitting behind Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash on the point guard depth chart, Clarkson has the opportunity to see the floor this season, considering Nash missed 67 games and Lin 11 games last season. He's more of a fantasy prospect in dynasty leagues, given that both Nash and Lin are out of their contracts after this season.
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Scores 20 off bench
GUtah Jazz
February 29, 2020
Clarkson went for 20 points (9-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and two steals in 23 minutes during Friday's 129-119 win over the Wizards,
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Mediocre in loss
GUtah Jazz
February 24, 2020
Clarkson supplied 14 points (5-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 3-3 FT), two rebounds and two steals in 25 minutes Monday, as the Jazz lost to the Suns 131-111.
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Excelling on second unit
GUtah Jazz
February 23, 2020
Clarkson put up 22 points (10-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt) to go with seven rebounds, one assist and one steal across 27 minutes Saturday in the Jazz's 120-110 loss to the Rockets.
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Scores 15 points in loss
GUtah Jazz
February 21, 2020
Clarkson totaled 15 points (5-12 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-3 FT), three assists, two rebounds, one steal and one block in 35 minutes during Friday's 113-104 loss to the Spurs.
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Hot streak continues Wednesday
GUtah Jazz
February 13, 2020
Clarkson accumulated 21 points (8-12 FG, 4-6 3Pt, 1-1 FT), four rebounds, three assists and one steal in 25 minutes during Wednesday's 116-101 victory over the Heat.
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