“With the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards select Jordan Clarkson from the University of Missouri.”
At this point of the draft, no one is really watching, no one cares about the 2nd rounders. That same night, the Lakers traded for him for basically nothing, as the Wizards weren’t interested. Many didn’t pay attention to this move, believing the Lakers would waive him. I watched his scouting videos and although he wasn’t highly sought after, I was extremely excited, the dude can play. Laker fans wanted us to draft Dante Exum, an unproven guard who played in Australia. He was selected 4th overall, and has been a serious disappointment. I said Clarkson would have a better rookie year than Exum, and was right. He averaged 16 points a game and won western conference rookie of the month in march, the first rookie in Laker history to do so. After an extremely disappointing season, Clarkson has been one positive outcome.
Still, let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I do believe he can be the future point guard, but he still has a lot of work to do. He needs to work on his shot, as he is not a great shooter. He also is a little out of control at this point in his career, but I believe with time he will improve in that regard. This off season is huge for the Lakers future, and although I want us to keep Clarkson at the point, I have a strong feeling we’ll go after Rajon Rondo, Kobe’s favorite point guard. This isn’t a bad thing for Clarkson however, his minutes will go down but he’ll be able to learn from one of the best point guards in the NBA in Rondo. All in all, I believe in 5 years, Clarkson will be a top 3 point guard in this league, and will be a leader for this franchise.
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : Ryan Hanson