Examining Jordan Clarkson’s Future with LA Lakers

NBA Summer League performances are typically taken with a grain of salt, but don't tell that to fans of Jordan Clarkson.

The Los Angeles Lakers rookie showcased his talents in Las Vegas, turning heads in the process with a slew of exciting performances. 

Averaging 15.8 points per game, the point guard—surprisingly enough—also led the team in rebounding throughout the two weeks of play. Whether it was his outside shooting stroke, getting to the basket or just impacting the game with his energy, Clarkson stuck out with his performances.

The 46th overall pick even added a game-winner to his resume after a last-second tip-in to beat the Golden State Warriors:

Clarkson's 42-percent clip from the field wasn't discouraging considering the low percentages that the summer league usually boasts. Meanwhile, shooting the same 42 percent from three-point range validates the rookie's elite shooting ability from deep. 

Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen was among the many impressed with Clarkson's summer, per the team's official site:

"I think Jordan Clarkson had a tremendous summer league," Madsen said. "I think he was one of the top players, not only on the Lakers team, but here at the Las Vegas Summer League. I loved Jordan Clarkson's energy, I loved his enthusiasm for the game and I loved his ability to learn."

You can practically go down the list of encouraging signs from a rookie and match them with Madsen's comments. Not only was he one of the top players, but a strong work ethic and an open mind are musts for any rookie to make strides.

He has continued impressing those around the league with performances in the OVO Bounce Tournament in Toronto, which features a handful of NBA names. The Toronto Sun's Ryan Wolstat thought Clarkson was the best player there:

But the question still remains whether this second-r...

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