The Los Angeles Lakers lost the game, but Jordan Clarkson was a fireball against the Charlotte Hornets. The Lakers reserve finished with 25 points on 69.2 percent shooting, and more impressive was how he scored them.
Clarkson is normally much better closer to the basket than from long range, but in the Lakers' loss he was burning up nets from deep. The former second-round pick knocked down seven of his nine three-point attempts, setting a new career-high for his most triples in a game.
According to Clarkson, it was the result of extra work in the gym:
Jordan Clarkson also said he’s been in the gym every night working on his 3-point shot, building back up that confidence (on @SpectrumSN)— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) December 21, 2016
Clarkson also credited his teammates for moving the ball, but whatever the reason, Clarkson becoming a solid three-point shooter would be a huge boon for both his individual game and the Lakers as a whole. Teams having to respect Clarkson as a threat from deep would create tons of extra spacing for the Lakers' offense, as well as allowing Clarkson to get to the rim more easily if defenders closed out too aggressively.
It's important to remember that this was just one game, and Clarkson will return to a little closer to his career norms moving forward. However, if this explosive performance was an indicator of real improvement, the Lakers could've just gotten a sneak preview of a much more effective version of Clarkson.