The Los Angeles Lakers received some good news by way of rookie Jordan Clarkson being named the Western Conference Rookie of the March, as reported by Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report. He is the first Lakers rookie to earn the honor since the league began the award during the 1981-1982 season, notes ESPN's Baxter Holmes. Clarkson's made waves with his increased opportunity through the month, and the NBA's taken note of it to reward the young guard.
Clarkson averaged 15.8 points, 5.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per game through the month, earning praise from the staff here at Silver Screen and Roll. Ben Rosales made the case for Clarkson to earn a sport on the first team All-Rookie team for his unexpected productivity, and getting the attention of the NBA this late in the season shouldn't hut his chances. Jordan's become the biggest beacon of hope and reason to watch through the Lakers' franchise-low season.
Head coach Byron Scott has stuck with Jordan once he handed the keys to the second-round pick, allowing him to develop through the second half of the season. He's rewarded the franchise for trading for his draft rights for cash with the Wizards, making for one of the few positive stories left this year for LA.
Congratulations to him on a great month, season and hopefully career.