Jordan Clarkson is currently in his 5th season out of the University of Missouri. The Washington Wizard would select Clarkson with the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft, but elected to trade him to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first season in the NBA, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. He also had the opportunity to play with Kobe Bryant for two seasons before the future Hall of Famer decided to call it a career.
On February 8, 2018, the Los Angeles Lakers traded Clarkson along with Larry Nance Jr., to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a 2018 first-round draft pick. The Cavaliers went on to reach the NBA Finals that season.
Clarkson is one of a select few that got the opportunity to play with both Kobe Bryant and LeBron James in their playing careers. He was recently interviewed by Fanatics View’s Landon Buford and Taylor Jones and was asked about the similarities to how both they practice.
“They are both hard workers and they are very knowledgeable about the game, and they did a good job teaching me the game. Stuff that I still use to this day, said Clarkson.
Last season, Clarkson teammate Larry Nance Jr.
“I think J.C. (Jordan Clarkson) would be a better guy to ask because I was only got to see last year Kobe and I don’t really think that’s fair to him to try to compare him to someone in their prime. But, I got to see more of the mental preparation and aspect of Kobe, and it was tireless. You could ask him about any guy on the scouting report, and he could tell you their favorite move and what they can’t do. He knew everything about every single person,“ Nance Jr told me.
“The way he thought the game in terms of being in the game. When came to a timeout, he would say hey we ran this play last time and I saw this read. Let’s run it and get this look and everything else will open up for us. So, just the way he dissected in games or even before we got to the game is pretty incredible.“
“Whereas LeBron James, I got to play with him in his prime. He was the first one in the gym and last one out. It did not matter if you were the 17th guy on the roster, he was going to beat you to the gym. So, I just think seeing that from both of those guys is something that I have tried to implement into my own career. If the best players in the world can do it then I certainly should be able to put the work in and do it as well.“
Jordan Clarkson is averaging 14.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game this season for the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Larry Nance Jr., is averaging 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. The Cavaliers are currently 5-14 and are sitting in 13th in the Eastern Conference.