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Jordan Clarkson Exit Interview 2014-15

Jordan Clarkson averaged 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 59 games (38 starts) as a rookie this season..

Below are highlights from his exit interview:

On whether he thought that this year would be as successful as it was: “Not at all. I got the opportunity. I want to thank Coach (Byron Scott) and the organization for having the opportunity to play. I feel like I’ve come a long way from day one in training camp.”

On how he worked before he was getting playing time: “For me, I think it was just my aggressive nature going out there and competing. … I was in the gym before games and working out, going hard. … When the time came, I just took the opportunity and ran with it.”

On playing against the top point guards of the NBA: “There were no nights off. The league in that position is tough. You see the tricks that they do, how they get places, how they interact with their teammates — it was a great experience for me. It was a learning experience.”

On being motivated due being drafted in the second round: “It was just always in my head. From day one in summer league, I had a chip on my shoulder. I don’t look at the numbers, but every time I stepped on the floor, I was just trying to prove people wrong.”

On Carlos Boozer comparing him to Russell Westbrook: “That’s a good compliment, but I want to be my own player and just take things from different guards around the league.”

On what he’s learned from Kobe Bryant: “It’s almost like a math problem for him. I’d come over to the bench and he’d tell me to something would happen, and I’d go back out there and it did. I was like, ‘How did you know that?’”

On how he looks back on his draft status: “I’m a second-round pick — 46th pick. It’s always gonna be on my mind. … I’m never going to forget draft day.” Clarkson says that he now rematches the draft as motivation. “It’s motivating for me. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to play for this organization in this league. I think I watched the draft maybe like 10 times throughout the year. … I don’t look at it like, ‘I should’ve been drafted there.’ Everything happens for a reason.”

On what he expects from Julius Randle: “I think he’s a beast. I haven’t seen anybody that size that can handle the ball like he can handle it. He’s fast, and he can take it off the rim and make plays for himself. … I feel like he’s gonna be great.”