With the 46th pick in the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft, the Washington Wizards selected Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson. And promptly traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers who requested they select him.
The Lakers have a horde of free agents this summer and desperately need players to field a squad next season. The only players under contract are hobbled superstar Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre, and Kendall Marshall (team-option for a relatively cheap $915,243). They spent their first round pick (the #7 overall selection) on Kentucky power forward Julius Randle.
So, the trade makes a ton of sense because they didn’t have a second round pick. Clarkson is the type of player they needed, he gives them an athletic guard that can play either position. He is a big guard that has a the wingspan of a player three inches taller and is a good defender, something that last years team sorely lacked.
Clarkson passed up his final season of eligibility after averaging 17.5 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals per game while converting 44.8% of his field goals, 28.1% of his 3-pointers and 83.1% on his free throws. Selecting him probably means the Lakers will not offer sixth man Nick Young a contract since Clarkson projects to be a sub off the bench, but Clarkson will be a player that Laker fans will need to look out for.
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