Jordan Clarkson Has Proved His Talent, but Not His Free-Agency Price Tag

January 8th, 2016 by Michael Pina Leave a reply »

LOS ANGELES — The best player on the Los Angeles Lakers is Jordan Clarkson, a slithery 6’3” combo guard who’s as unpredictable as he is talented. But leading an 8-29 team (as of Jan. 8) isn’t something to brag about, and the 23-year-old isn't a guaranteed star-in-the-making. 

Evaluating any player on a losing team is difficult, but judging Clarkson is especially challenging. After just two seasons in the NBA, he’ll be a restricted free agent this summer, potentially forcing the Lakers to make an uncomfortable decision.

Should they re-sign him to a long-term deal or wait for another team to extend an offer sheet? The Lakers have the right to match anything, but how much is too much for Clarkson’s service?

On some nights, Clarkson is a low-budget version of Russell Westbrook. He dictates tempo and fearlessly attacks the hoop without hesitation. It’s a necessary characteristic to impact games on a nightly basis; Clarkson never backs down from looming rim protectors.

“Jordan has got an ability to score and plays with bounce and a cocky side ...

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