Clarkson was named as starting point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers after Kobe Bryant sustained a season ending injury in 2014. Clarkson would later be named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team after averaging 15.9 PPG, 45.8 FG%, 5 APG, 4.2 RPG and 32.1 minutes per game in 38 games. Clarkson was so impressive that some pundits likened him to a prospective Monta Ellis, Damian Lillard or Russel Westbrook caliber player.
• His Memorable Quote:
• "I think its pretty cool, that's what drives me everyday. I gotta work hard and continue to do good things so I can continue to be that person they look up to," said Clarkson on being a role model.
• "Yeah, you know I always had that growing up. Anytime for me, it's kinda just shutting people up. Silence is a calmer for me, so that's the best thing to do," stated Jordan on being the usual underdog.
• What others said:
"I think that (he) was a steal of a pick. Great pace, great feel for the game. Can shoot the deep ball," according to Mike Trudell of Lakers.com, Kobe can't believe Clarkson was there for the taking with the 48th pick in the draft back in June 2014. When asked who's impressed him in camp, Kobe mentioned rookie Jordan Clarkson, saying how surprised he is that Clarkson fell to the Lakers in the draft."
"We had him higher on our draft board. Good size, good defender, excels in attacking the rim," said LA Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak
• NBA Draft History:
• Drafted 46th Overall
• WASHINGTON WIZARDS
• 2014 Season
• Signature Moves:
• Great backcourt Vision • Wicked passer • Great midrange • Explosive Dunks • Unstoppable drives • Big first step • Wing defender • Fluid movement without the ball