It's not fair to say the Los Angeles Lakers lucked out on Jordan Clarkson. Mitch Kupchak honed in on the talented guard, reached into the 2014 NBA Draft with only cash considerations to offer, and walked out with a first team All-Rookie talent. Clarkson's season didn't get off to a great start as he averaged just 12.2 minutes through the first 13 games of the season, followed by stretches of DNP-CD's, but once be he took over as starting point guard he was stellar.
Watching every Clarkson field goal make post All-Star break was a telling exercise. A huge portion of his makes were coming out of the pick-and-roll. Whether it was Tarik Black or any other member of the Lakers' frontcourt, Clarkson maneuvered his screens and had the poise of a much-more seasoned player as he worked the defense. Too much space and he'd stop on a dime. Switch on him and he'd take advantage of a mismatch. His ability to get to the rim was impressive if only because it wasn't just due to his speed. Clarkson has the components of a dangerous pick-and-roll scorer: Size to shoot over the top, speed to burst into space, and the mid-range jumper to make defenses pay. Here's a breakdown of some post All-Star pick-and-roll goodness:
Imagining Clarkson with Julius Randle and a potential franchise big man with the No. 2 pick to work with should only help him improve in this area of his game.