Jordan Clarkson was whatever the Lakers needed him to be this year. He spent the majority of it as one of the league’s most productive off-the-bench scorers before injuries brought him into the starting lineup. He even started at point guard for the final few weeks, which he hadn’t done since he rookie season two years ago.
For all of his role changes, Clarkson’s numbers ended up similar to last season, averaging 14.7 points on 44.5 percent shooting from the field. However, he picked up his workload after the All-Star break by putting up 19.4 points and settled in more as a passer with 4.2 assists.
By the Numbers
14.4: Points averaged off the bench. Clarkson spent the majority of the season coming off the pine and ranked fourth among the NBA’s reserves in scoring.
35: Points scored against Minnesota on March 24, which were a career-high. He also hit eight 3-pointers to lead L.A.’s comeback.
82: Games played by Clarkson, who was the only Laker to appear in every contest. He has played in 101 straight dating back to last season.
After a season at both guard spots, Clarkson is willing to fill whichever role that head coach Luke Walton wants him to play — including coming off the bench. He will look to add to his game over the offseason, particularly when it comes to making quicker decisions, developing his left hand and being more vocal on the court.