Earl Clark, Stats, Bio, Career
Earl Clark was born January 17, 1988 in Plainfield, New Jersey. Earl stands 6 ft 10 in and is capable of guarding all five positions on the floor. Growing up, he was a shooting guard and has transitioned to playing more of a power forward role in the NBA.
During his senior season at Rahway High School, Earl averaged 25.2 points, 13.2 rebounds, and five assists, while being named to the McDonalds All-American team in 2006. Clark was the number four ranked shooting guard according to Scout.com out of High School and attended the University of Louisville. During his freshman year, Clark averaged only 16 minutes per game, but was inserted into the starting lineup with four games left in the season. He helped lead Louisville into the NCAA Tournament had a career high four steals against Stanford.
Entering his sophomore season, Clark looked to contribute more and became recognized by the Big East. He ranked eighth in the league in averaging 8.1 rebounds and fourth in blocked shots averaging 1.7 per game. He scored a career high 23 points against Marshall and had a breakout season. Due to his great play, Clark was given the nickname E5 and helped lead the Cardinals into the NCAA Tournament yet again. During the four tournament games, Clark averaged a team-leading 14.5 points 8.3 rebounds. He was named to the NCAA East Region All-Tournament team.
Despite his impressive NCAA tournament run, Clark decided not to declare for the NBA Draft and came back to Louisville for his Junior season. Clark enhanced his play even more by averaging 14.2 points and 8.7 rebounds and led Louisville to a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. After Louisville was eliminated in the Elite Eight, Clark declared for the NBA Draft. He was drafted 14th by the Phoenix Suns in the 2009 draft.
Clark played in 51 games in 2009 and only averaged 7.8 minutes per game, but was sent to the NBA D-League on March 15th. On December 18, 2010, Clark was apart of a trade that sent him to the Orlando Magic. Clark recorded his first NBA double double on April 16, 2012 with 14 points and 11 rebounds. After two subpar years in Orlando, Clark found himself signing a one year deal in China, but left the team a month later due to personal reasons.
On August 10, 2012, Clark was a part of the trade that brought himself, Dwight Howard, and Chris Duhon to the Los Angeles Lakers. After not receiving a lot of playing time, Clark found himself starting for the Lakers in early January due to injuries to other Laker players. Clark busted out with 22 points and 13 rebounds, and shortly thereafter was named a permanent starter. Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Clarks’ play has been strong as he’s averaged nearly a double