Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson (00) passes around Cleveland Cavaliers forward Evan Mobley (4) as the teams play at Vivint Arena in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News
There’s a tweet that gets shared every time Jordan Clarkson has a high-scoring game, and even sometimes when he doesn’t.
“It’s Jordan Clarkson time.” — Jordan Clarkson
“it’s jordan clarkson time” – jordan clarkson
— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) April 23, 2018
The joke is, when Clarkson decides that it’s time to go off, whether or not it’s a good decision, he will do so.
He’ll throw up heat check 3-pointers after just one make, he’ll cross-over, step-back, pump-fake, and then get up a circus shot all in one possession, because, well, he’s Jordan Clarkson. It’s his world and we’re just living in it.
That kind of description of Clarkson worked for a while, and make no mistake, sometimes it’s still Jordan Clarkson time. But, Clarkson’s game has evolved well past that of just a bucket-getter. It changed when he went from Los Angeles to Cleveland and again when he was traded to the Utah Jazz.
Clarkson changed his game for former Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award and now Clarkson has once again adapted to a new situation and has changed his game for this new iteration of the Jazz.
“I think I’m evolving into what I was supposed to be,” Clarkson told the Deseret News. “I’m starting to separate myself from that Sixth Man guy and become a trusted starter and someone that can make plays, can score points in a bunch. If the game needs to be held at a certain point or the lead needs to be expanded, I think all those times this year, I’ve answered.”
Playing more minutes than he has at any other point in his NBA career, Clarkson is maintaining his efficiency from every area of the court but has also become one of the Jazz’s main facilitators, averaging more than four assists per game and is grabbing a career-high tying four rebounds per game.
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Source:: Deseret News – Sports News