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Jordan Clarkson

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League  NBA
Role  Basketball player
Listed height  6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Height  1.93 m
Listed weight  186 lb (84 kg)
Nationality  American, Philippine
Name  Jordan Clarkson

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Position  point guard / Shooting guard
Born  June 7, 1992 (age 31) Tampa, Florida (1992-06-07)
High school  Wagner (San Antonio, Texas)
College  Tulsa (2010–2012)Missouri (2013–2014)
Current team  Los Angeles Lakers (#6 / Point guard, Shooting guard)
Parents  Annette Davis, Mike Clarkson
Education  University of Missouri (2013–2014), University of Tulsa (2010–2012)
Similar People  Julius Randle, Nick Young, Byron Scott, Kobe Bryant, Lou Williams

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Jordan Taylor Clarkson (born June 7, 1992) is a Filipino professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for two seasons with Tulsa before transferring to Missouri, where he earned second-team all-conference honors in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). After foregoing his senior year in college to enter the 2014 NBA draft, Clarkson was selected by the Washington Wizards in the second round with the 46th overall pick and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first year, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.


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Early life and education

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Clarkson was born in Tampa, Florida, and moved to San Antonio, Texas around the age of six. He attended Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio. As a sophomore, he averaged 10 points per game while earning honorable mention all-district accolades. As a junior, he averaged 20 points, six Rebounds and four Assists per game, leading his team to a 32-8 record and the Class 5A state semi-finals.

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On November 11, 2009, Clarkson signed a National Letter of Intent to play college basketball at the University of Tulsa.

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As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds 3.4 assists and 2.1 Steals, leading his team to a 38-2 record and a semi-final loss in the state championship.

College career

In his freshman season at Tulsa, Clarkson was named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman team after being named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week four times in 2010–11. In 27 games (nine starts), he averaged 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.

In his sophomore season, he was named to the All-Conference USA first team and the NABC All-District 11 team. In 31 games (all starts), he averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.9 minutes per game.

In May 2012, Clarkson transferred to Missouri and subsequently sat out the 2012–13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

In his redshirted junior season, he was named to the 2014 All-SEC second team. He was also named to the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list in January 2014 and won three Southeastern Conference Player of the Week honors. In 35 games (all starts), he averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 35.1 minutes per game.

On March 31, 2014, Clarkson declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.

Los Angeles Lakers (2014–present)

On June 26, 2014, Clarkson was selected with the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Washington Wizards. He was later traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night for cash considerations, and joined the team for the 2014 NBA Summer League. On August 25, 2014, he signed with the Lakers. During his rookie season, he received multiple assignments to the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Development League, and did not play for the Lakers for most of the first half of the season. However, he ended up starting 38 games for the Lakers, primarily at point guard, and averaged 15.8 points, 5.0 assists, and 4.2 rebounds as a starter. On March 24, 2015, he had a season-best game with 30 points and 7 assists in a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Starting alonsgide Jeremy Lin, the pair became the first Asian-American starting backcourt in league history. On March 30 and April 1, Clarkson recorded back-to-back double-doubles. For the season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the prior 30 years, there had been only four other second-round picks that were named to the first team.

On November 3, 2015, Clarkson scored a career high-tying 30 points in a 120–109 loss to the Denver Nuggets. On February 12, 2016, Clarkson played for Team USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, where he recorded 25 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals in a win over Team World.

On July 7, 2016, Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year, $50 million contract. In the Lakers' season opener on October 26, 2016, Clarkson scored a team-high 25 points off the bench in a 120–114 win over the Houston Rockets. On November 15, 2016, he recorded a career-high five steals in a 125–118 win over the Brooklyn Nets. On March 12, 2017, he tied his career high with 30 points off the bench in a 118–116 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. On March 24, 2017, he had career highs of 35 points and eight 3-pointers in a 130–119 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

National team career

In 2011, Clarkson started talks with former coach Chot Reyes to play for the Philippines men's national basketball team.

Clarkson went back home to the country after he accepted the invitation from Manny V. Pangilinan to observe the national team training and to formally join Gilas Pilipinas, aside for his commitments as endorser of Smart. In an interview, SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios confirmed that Clarkson has carried a Philippine passport since he was 12 and so he will not need to go through the naturalization process to be able to represent the Philippines in international competitions.

Clarkson did not make the final cut due to scheduling conflicts with the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers agreed to let Clarkson play, but the NBA collective bargaining agreement requires that national team play not interfere with the Lakers team requirements, which expected players to report in September 28; however, the tournament ran until October 3. Clarkson expressed his disappointment that he won't be able to represent the Philippines for the 2015 FIBA Asia Championship. Clarkson was initially included to the 17-man pool of the Philippines for its lineup for the final Olympic Qualifying Tournament for the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, due to time constraints and a complicated eligibility process, the team instead opted for the services of Andray Blatche as its naturalized player due to the team's lack in size.

High school

  • First team All-District 27-5A (2009–2010)
  • First team All-Region (2009–2010)
  • San Antonio Express News Super Team (2009–2010)
  • First team All-State by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches (2009)
  • WOAI-TV Player of the Year for the San Antonio area (2009)
  • San Antonio High School Player of the Year (2010)
  • McDonald's All-America Finalist (2010)
  • Faith Seven Game MVP (2010)
  • College

  • C-USA All-Freshman Team (2011)
  • First-team All-C-USA (2012)
  • Second-team All-SEC (2014)
  • NBA

  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (2015)
  • Rookie of the Month (March 2015)
  • Rising Stars Challenge participant (2016)
  • Personal life

    Clarkson is a dual Philippine and American citizen, the former by virtue of ancestral descent. His father Mike Clarkson is African-American, while his mother Annette Davis is of half Filipino descent.


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