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Byron Scott Compares Jordan Clarkson to Russell Westbrook

Rookie Jordan Clarkson is inspiring some big praise from his head coach.

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Lakers head coach compared rookie starting guard Jordan Clarkson to MVP candidate Russell Westbrook during his pregame media availability in Toronto. Well, sort of, as Mike Bresnahan of the LA Times transcribed:

Scott is right that Clarkson is not on Westbrook's level in terms of talent or production, but the rookie has been pretty good since he started to get playing time, and currently ranks third among all rookies in PER with a 15.37.

As for the athleticism, you be the judge:

Do you think Jordan Clarkson is as athletic as Russell Westbrook? Debate away in the comments.