Los Angeles Lakers rookie sensation Jordan Clarkson earned a huge award and was named to the NBA's All-Rookie first team, the NBA announced. Clarkson is joined by Andrew Wiggins, Nikola Mirotic, Elfrid Payton and Nerlens Noel. The Lakers traded cash considerations to the Washington Wizards to draft the guard out of Mizzou with the 46th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and it's already proven to be a coup by Mitch Kupchak.
Clarkson averaged 16.7 points and 5.4 assists per game post All-Star break, taking hold of the Lakers' starting point guard position after Byron Scott gave him an opportunity to fill in for Ronnie Price. He quickly became the biggest reason to tune in for Lakers games as he dazzled with the kind of athleticism and youth the team hasn't had in the backcourt for years. He also earned Rookie of the Month honors in March, becoming the first Lakers player to do so.
He earned the least amount of first team votes out of the five that made it, but he blew out any of the second team. Clarkson's (74 first, 52 second, 200 total) closest competition was Boston Celtics -- and sixth-overall pick -- Marcus Smart (28 first, 86 second, 142 total).
Congratulations to Jordan Clarkson, who our very own Ben Rosales made the case for All-Rookie first team in April. Here's to many more things to celebrate together!
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