On Monday, the Lakers signed Jordan Clarkson, increasing the team's 2014-15 roster to 13 players.
Clarkson was acquired by the Lakers for $1.8 million cash in a draft-day trade with the Washington Wizards in June. The University of Missouri combination guard was selected with the 46th overall pick.
In July, Clarkson led the Lakers' summer league squad in scoring at 15.8 points a game. The 6-foot-5, 22-year-old shot 42.4% from the field, 42.1% from three-point range and 88.2% from the line through five appearances.
While the Lakers did not release Clarkson's contract terms, he'll earn the rookie minimum of $507,336 for the coming season.
Clarkson joins a Lakers' backcourt of Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Nick Young and Xavier Henry -- although the latter three could all play minutes at small forward this season.
The Lakers can bring up to 20 players to training camp next month but no more than 15 to opening night on Oct. 28 when the team hosts the Houston Rockets.
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Jordan Clarkson – (46th pick) – LA Lakers
Clarkson might be the steal of the draft at 46, mainly because the Lakers needed some talent at the point guard spot, and Clarkson could be that guy. Normally the 46th pick doesn’t play a lot if at all, but Clarkson should get a chance to get on the floor this season and that means he’ll have a chance to prove he can play. With a former combo guard as his head coach in Byron Scott, Clarkson should get the chance to learn and play that few guys in his position receive.
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lotus wrote:Clarkson and Randle are the fresh air that this organization needs. Their development is what I will be most interested in watching this year.
Rooscooter wrote:lotus wrote:Clarkson and Randle are the fresh air that this organization needs. Their development is what I will be most interested in watching this year.
Randle will get his chance and he looks ready for the most part.
Clarkson I'm not so sure about. We'll see. It seems we always have a Summer League star that falls flat. He does look better than Morris....
Lets Go Lakers wrote:Write it down. This guy will be part of the 8-9 man rotation before the end of the season. He's got too much raw talent on a weak roster to not play.
KobeCory8 wrote:Based on the 5v5 videos that the Lakers are posting and work in the summer league, this kid is looking better and better. Quick very athletic and always seems to be involved in plays. I want to see him get more than garbage minutes this season
Savory Griddles wrote:KobeCory8 wrote:Based on the 5v5 videos that the Lakers are posting and work in the summer league, this kid is looking better and better. Quick very athletic and always seems to be involved in plays. I want to see him get more than garbage minutes this season
It's possible that by the time we are at the 40 game mark, every minute we play will be garbage minutes.
But the kid seems to be a small find. As for his place in the rotation, I could see him being part of it and easily take Wes and Nash minutes by the mid point of the season.
LTLakerFan wrote:^^^ now now now....see I am buying into the scenario that Kobe knows these two years (hopefully he gets full years) are "possibly" his "last" two years. And anyone he feels genuinely wants to get better and is willing to work for it, he Kobe Bryant is going to go about helping make his teammates "better". He knows he hasn't got a sniff at one more ring without this being an absolute must to do. He and Wes reportedly have spent a lot of 1 on 1 working out and hanging out together. So we'll see if Kobe "can" get Wes' head screwed on straight and focussed on exactly what he needs to do with his potential and athleticism to FINALLY take that step. I personally expect a big improvement in Wes' head being better screwed on and more consistency & performance on both sides of the ball. Don't sleep on Kobe these last couple or few years in that role.
Of course Jordan Clarkson falls into that very same once in a lifetime opportunity of learning from one of the very best in the entire history of the game, who has played in the backcourt most of his career, just like him.
LTLakerFan wrote:Sure, but there's a lot of 2 guard in Clarkson too. Especially if Price can contribute minutes at the 1.
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