Jordan Clarkson

Missouri point guard Jordan ClarksonCollege: Missouri (via Tulsa)

Birthday: 06/07/1992

NBA Position: PG

Class: Junior

Ht: 6’5″

Wt: 186.3

WSPN: 6’8″

Reach: 8’2″

Hands: Length (8.25) x (9.0) Width

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

High School: Wagner

SELECTED NO. 46 OVERALL BY THE WASHINGTON WIZARDS (TRADED TO THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS)

 

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Strengths:

  • Athletic
  • Quick First Step
  • Good Body Control
  • Quality Finisher
  • Play-Maker
  • Good Passer
  • Rebounds Position

Weaknesses:

  • Strength
  • Inconsistent Shooter
  • Shot Release (out in front)
  • Tweener; PG or SG?

Analysis:

12/02/2013

Coming into this season the expectations for junior point guard Jordan Clarkson were minimal. In college basketball players rarely transfer up, but Clarkson did to have an opportunity to play on a bigger stage.

So far in his short time with Missouri the Tulsa transfer has proven that he can play at any level.

Clarkson has played well early on in the two point guard line-up for Missouri. At 6-5 Clarkson has what is becoming prototypical size for the one at the NBA Level with the quickness, scoring ability, and vision to go along. Those physical attributes are what separate him from his peers.

He has been impressive as the primary play-maker as well as off the ball as a secondary option.

Athletically Clarkson is a fluid, smooth athlete more than a powerful play-maker. With the ball he has elite quickness and burst to turn the corner.

Against quality competition Clarkson has consistently got to the rim to make a play for either himself or for a teammate. His quickness with the ball allows him to turn the corner and make plays at the rim. He is a quality athlete capable of making plays at the rim. In 100 field goal attempts Clarkson has taken 61 at the rim (67.2%) finishing against quality athletic competition.

Clarkson is crafty with the ball after he gets past the first level defense with his ability to finish with either hand at the rim. He also takes advantage of his size to see over the defense to make plays for teammates.

This summer Clarkson worked on his jump-shot and he is becoming a more reliable perimeter shooter. His form releases in front, allowing the defense to make plays on the ball. He will need to work on those mechanics for the next level as well as add significant strength to his frame. In the paint Clarkson can be pushed around inside by tougher big men in the paint.

The ability to get to the paint is Clarkson’s biggest strength with his frame and athleticsm, which will require some more strength to absorb contact. His handle needs to tighten as well as he can be a little loose when making plays.

With big point guard like Michael Carter-Williams making the transition to the NBA recently prospects with Clarkson’s skill-set have value at the next level.

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