The Los Angeles Lakers’ season could’ve been described using many adjectives, with promising being one of them. Not much was put together on the court as LA finished at 17-65, but many of their young core players took strides with their game. Jordan Clarkson was one of them, and the 6-5 combo guard expressed his desire to stay in Hollywood.
“LA is like home for me, so I definitely want to be here,” Clarkson said to NBCLA.com. “I definitely want to stay in LA but kind of have an open mind.”
That’s very good news for people in the organization, and for the fans. Clarkson, along with Julius Randle, was the Lakers’ most consistent threat last year and averaged 15.5 points per contest in roughly 32 minutes. Los Angeles has the money to spend so the only thing it’ll come down to is their willingness to retain the former second-round pick. And they should be willing to retain him.
Once D’Angelo Russell got settled into his rookie season, he took over almost all of the ball handling responsibilities which turned Clarkson into the reliable scorer that we saw. Although his shooting percentage stayed roughly the same (43.3 percent in ’15-16, 44.8 in ’14-15), Clarkson was getting more shots in the offense and the consistency shows no issues are shouldering a portion of his team’s scoring load.