Absent against the Kings, like Rudy Gobert, Mike Conley had challenged Jordan Clarkson before the meeting. “Dude, you know what I haven’t seen you do in the last 12 months?” Put 40 points. “
The last time the best 6th man of the year in title had exceeded this bar, it was however on May 10, 2021, against the Warriors, but it is true that the former Lakers and Cavaliers was in difficulty these months, struggling to exceed the 40% success mark at the start of the 2021/22 campaign.
Until the All-Star Break, he only turned 40.3% in general success, including 32% from afar. Since then, it seems to be getting better, with 49% success in the last nine games, including 33% from 3-pointers.
His performance remains fluctuating all the same and this outing at 45 points, a career high for Jordan Clarkson and a franchise record for a substitute, is therefore a breath of fresh air. “It’s probably the best feeling in my shooting all season” explained the replacement for Salt Lake City.
Being effective when it really matters
The fullback explains that Mike Conley’s words to him “put pictures in mind”while Quin Snyder congratulated his player for having raised the bar despite the difficulties.
“He will never be one of our defensive leaders, and he will most likely admit it, but he just wants to succeed and fight.” explained the coach. “I feel like for about a month he’s been very thoughtful about his work. He takes his time… He’s the kind of guy who can cook the opponent, as they say. “
Having an effective Jordan Clarkson is also valuable for Utah, especially in view of the playoffs. For the interested party, these 45 points “do good” and just show that hard work and calm pay off.
“Last season, I started with a bang, then I played like shit for a few months until the playoffs”he summarizes. “This year is about figuring out how to play the best basketball possible at the end of the year. It’s all part of a method, it’s all part of the job. “
|2017-18 *||All Teams||81||23||45.1||35.2||80.0||0.7||2.0||2.7||2.7||1.3||0.7||1.6||0.1||13.9|
|2019-20 *||All Teams||71||24||45.4||36.8||83.6||0.7||1.9||2.6||1.9||1.5||0.7||1.4||0.2||15.2|