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Lakers News: Team Drafts Guard Jordan Clarkson In Second Round

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The Los Angeles Lakers were said to be trying to buy themselves into the second round of the draft. After selecting Julius Randle with the seventh pick, the team was determined to add another prospect in this deep draft.

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Eventually the team was able to do so, purchasing the Washington Wizards’ pick at number 46 to select Missouri combo guard Jordan Clarkson according to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski:

Clarkson had been rising up draft boards the last couple of weeks thanks to some excellent workouts. Clarkson possesses excellent size for a point guard and was one of the best guards in the country at getting to the basket and finishing.

He has a 6’8″ wingspan which really helps him on defense and if he develops his jump shot, has a chance to contribute early for the Lakers. Many expected Clarkson to be drafted late in the first round.

With the Lakers full of holes on the roster, Clarkson has an excellent chance to make the roster as a reserve guard capable of playing numerous positions. The future of players like Jodie Meeks, Nick Young, and Xavier Henry is unknown right now and Clarkson gives the team some insurance in case they leave.

Overall, the Lakers took advantage of their cap space to buy a draft pick and add a solid young guard who will be cheap. Coupled with the pick of a power player in Julius Randle, the Lakers have definitely made a splash in this draft.
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  • Lakers Fan

    This dude could be a steal for us in the 2nd round. He is a big combo guard, athletic, and plays defense. He reminds me of Shaun Livingston before that injury, but with a better jumper. He will be brought into a situation where he can learn from Nash and Kobe since he can play both PG and SG. I love the players we have drafted. I guess the FO is finally moving us in the right direction. Next up should be the hiring of Lionell Hollins.

    • cyborgspider

      Good analysis. I read some mock drafts where he was taken in the late 20s to early 30s, so getting him here seems like a steal. What are his drawbacks?

      • Lakers Fan

        I think the only drawback is how fast he can learn how to play in the NBA. In all honesty, with Nash, Kobe, and a slew of Hall of Fame players being at his disposal it should be easy for him to adjust. I read his life story and how his father is battling cancer and how he lets that be his drive to be a great player. So he is a humble kid who looks to get the most out of life. He doesn’t come off as the type to put himself above others, so he should be well-liked in the locker room. I would have never thought we would end up with him. I’m hoping he reaches his full potential, because he certainly has the skill-set and the mentality to be extremely good.

      • jt3z

        I was looking up some of his videos and it seems his biggest problems are shooting and vision as a PG. Which can be fixed.(Nash may come in handy) He’s also not the best 1 on 1 defender, meaning he lets people blow by him quite a bit. But he is physical so he will be able to guard more than one position. At the end of the day he is a solid pick and the problems he does have can be fixed.

        • Lakers Fan

          His shooting slightly reminds me of Danny Green(maybe it’s the form). His main game is based on getting to the rim, so I think that’s why his shooting can come off as being suspect. But you are right, the issues you pointed out can be fixed. A lot of those things you mentioned all factors in to how fast he can learn the NBA. I’m hoping he does well. He can turn out to be a major piece to our puzzle.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I love this pick by the Lakers getting Jordan Clarkson in the Second Round is a all time second steal wow in the second round that’s unreal.

      • Lakers Fan

        I’m hoping he turns into our Tony Parker. A PG that was drafted in the 2nd round but turns out to be a future HOFer.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          Jordan Clarkson was projected as a first round pick in the important mock drafts like NBA Draft Net and others.This is a heist by the Lakers it should be a crime to get Jordan Clarkson in the second round wow whoa wow whoa this is nuts man.Jim Buss paid the million bucks for this player.

    • A Fan

      I’m hoping he does turn out to be good. I remember fans were hyped up after LA drafted Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock a few years back, and we all know how those 2 ended up. Here’s to hoping Clarkson turns out alright

      • LakersHeatBeef

        I assure you Jordan Clarkson is a 100 times better than those 2 jokers.Please enjoy the players we drafted they are special.

        • stucktrader

          which one are the jokers? Nash and Marshall?
          I still think Farmar is good… especially can shoot from anywhere on the court… A seasoned vet that defends well enough and keeps opposing PG honest.

          • A Fan

            He’s talking about Morris and Goudelock. But yeah, with the selection of Clarkson, the possible returns of Farmar, Bazemore, either Meeks or Young, and Marshall retained for another year, LA’s backourt situation is pretty interesting.

      • Lakers Fan

        This dude is nothing like Morris and Goudelock. He was projected as a late 1st round pick, but fell to the second round. The FO seen the potential this dude has, that’s why they jumped at the opportunity to get him via Washington. He will be a stud for us, and we are lucky to have him.

    • Kerry

      I fell out of my chair when i found out the Lakers bought the pick to draft Jordan Clarkson it is the smartest pick of the second round.Steal of the draft.I think the price Jim Buss paid was close to a couple million bucks well that’s the kind of player and draft this was must pay really high money to get the player you want in a draft this loaded and getting a player rated a 91 by NBA draftnet is telling everyone this is a great player.Huge come up.

      • Andrew Moore

        I’m a die hard missouri guy, and Lakers fan. Clarkson can score but his turnover issues are really alarming. Cost us two or three games with late turnovers. He needs a year behind Nash to learn court vision

  • RussinSactown

    A young point guard and a young power forward. This could be the beginning of a bad ass team nucleus for the next 5-7 years.

    • Magnif Musiq

      Bad as in good?

      • keenanjen

        yES

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        “Bad ass nucleus”

    • Magnif Musiq

      Who Do you Think the Lakers should go After in Free Agency

      • Marcus Franco

        Chandler Parsons, Greag monroe and I would love to have Lance Stephenson but I have no Idea of how would fit here

        • Get over it

          indeed

      • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

        Lowry, Deng/Ariza and a C to fill the spot for a season until we can go after Marc Gasol or Omer Asik.

        • Magnif Musiq

          I think the lakers need to go after Isaiah Thomas

      • vdogg

        MELO

      • Lakers Fan

        Lowry, Ariza/Deng, and Gortat. I know it would be difficult to get Gortat to leave Washington, but who knows? I also wouldn’t mind them waiting til 2015 to get Asik, depending on if he leaves NO(which he might not do because I see him and Anthony Davis being a tenacious front court on the defensive end). I wouldnt mind them going after Monroe, but he isn’t the rim protector we desperately need. Now if we hire Hollins and he is able to work his magic with Monroe like he did Marc Gasol, that would be awesome.

      • RandomLakerFan

        Get after Melo, will help Kobe tremendously on the offensive end. Try to get Bledsloe (prolly impossible) or else Lowry. Monroe would be good or else re-sign pau at ver low cost and get spencer hawes as back up.

        Need to re-sign Jordan Hill, N.Young, Xavier, Farmer.

        • stucktrader

          right… Farmar, Xavier, JHill, Swaggy… but Kelly is good and cheap with some handles… and Bazemore looked good as well…

          But Melo would definitely help Kobe, and Melo could post up… interestingly, Melo is a good shooter…

          But Kobe and Melo arent the kind of defenders the Lakers need. Which is why getting another big in the draft would have helped.

      • bring jerry west back

        No one’s talking about Bledsoe as a RFA. It’d be steep to offer him a max, but maybe we can lure him away. He’s lebron in a point guards body; one of the best, young two way players in league.

        Run with Bled and Bean this season, go hard after Love in 2015, and then throw the kitchen sink at KD in 2016 when Kobe’s ready to pass the torch. Hopefully Randle will develop into an asset, and we can flip him for a SG at some point.

        How can we afford 3 max players you ask? I have no idea, I don’t know all the CBA rules, but something something Time Warner Cable billion dollar deal, basketball, basketball.

        • Swaggy C

          Bledsoe would be crazy! If we could also add like a Monroe, then we would have a tough starting five with Randle, Bledsoe, and Monroe as 3 guys who don’t mind banging it out.

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Yes this is a great draft night for the Lakers.Seriously they pulled this off let me pinch myself and make sure this is really happening.Come on now really they just got Julius Randle at #7 and Jordan Clarkson in the second round.

      Greatest Lakers draft since 1996 Kobe+Fisher now Randle+Clarkson.

  • TheTruthKills

    We won’t be competing for titles anytime soon, but we’ve taken the necessary steps towards rebuilding. Hopefully Clarkson and Randle can provide a good core for the future.

    • Lakers Fan

      I think if we can build a solid roster, we could definitely compete. We can fill the bench with players from last year with cheap, but reasonable, contracts. Players like Meeks, Henry, Bazemore, Kelly, Sacre, Kaman, Nash, and Clarkson could be a solid bench for us. If we could sign Lowry, Ariza/Deng, and a center who provides some type of defensive presence, like Gortat or Asik(FA 2015), we could definitely be competing either this year or next.

      • TheTruthKills

        With that we’d be competing for first round exits. With our 2015 and 2017 picks being top 5 protected it’s probably better to just bottom out and regain those assets instead of feeding ourselves to OKC, Portland, Houston, and the Clippers in the first round. In this league it’s better to be a championship contender or flat out terrible. The worst thing you can be is a middle of the road team. That’s exactly what we’ll be if we followed your ideas. This Summer it’s either Melo/LeBron or bust. If we don’t get either one of them Mitch will have no choice but to proceed with the rebuilding of the team.

        • Lakers Fan

          If we hire Hollins, i think we could go further than the first round. With the team I mentioned above, that roster is WAY better than the roster he had at memphis. If he can get that memphis team to the WCF, there is no telling what he would do with a roster like the one i mentioned.

          • nlruizjr

            apparently Hollins didn’t impress at the interview, it’s like he has dropped from the basketball world, plus the fact that they have already given BScott 3 interviews, asking him who he would pick as assistants, I think the writing is on the wall.

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      I think we’re right on the pace I’ve been predicting for months. Playoffs (maybe second-round exit) in 2015, legit shot at a banner in 2016, then replace Kobe with Durant and continue to contend for another decade.

  • VillainKing

    wow Lakers have a good defensive point guard that was nice!!!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Now i forgot Smart since we got a awesome Point Guard Clarkson.

    • jerrylai8

      Defense is actually not one of Clarkson’s strong suits. With his length and athleticism he’ll get there one day.

  • http://www.niknokseyer.com/ Niknok Seyer

    Good pick. :)

  • Colby Kelley

    oops forgot to mention Farmar there.

  • AK

    I hope this means their trading nash

    • TheTruthKills

      They should keep Nash as a mentor now. Besides, no one is going to take him off of our hands anyway.

      • AK

        we can get a “mentor” for a vets min we dont need to have one for 10 mil taking up cap..

        • TheTruthKills

          Nash can do a lot of good in Clarkson’s development. Like I said before, no one is taking Nash off of our hands. The only way we trade him is if we pair him with another asset. Currently the only assets we have are the 2019 first round pick, Randle, Clarkson, and Nash himself. That’s it. Might as well keep him.

          • Marcus Franco

            Jesus Christ our next 1rd pick will be 2019 ?

          • TheTruthKills

            That’s the next pick we can trade. The new CBA states you can’t trade picks in back to back drafts. We already traded next years pick and the 2017 first round pick (both top 5 protected however) in the Dwight and Nash trades. By rule the earliest first round pick we can trade is the 2019 pick.

          • Marcus Franco

            Oh Yea, we’d traded many of our pick for Dwight and Nash.. thanks for the explanation..
            Next year we got any second round pick ?

          • TheTruthKills

            We traded next year’s second round pick to Orlando in the Dwight trade. But that pick is top 40 protected. In hindsight we really screwed ourselves over with the Nash and Dwight trades

          • Thomas Klein

            That’s because we normally don’t rely on the draft to build, we sign F/A instead, and because we normally don’t have a high pick like this year.

          • TheTruthKills

            Yeah I get that, but I don’t think it’s ever backfired on us this badly. We traded for those guys and what did we get? A first round playoff exit, old man Nash who can’t even play 20 games in a season, and Dwight left for nothing. That’s like the perfect storm of misfortune.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            We don’t rely on free agents to build either. The only marquee free agent the Lakers have EVER signed was Shaq. We rely on trades. We build our team by trading young players and future draft picks for players in their primes. Every ten years or so, we struggle for a couple seasons because of it, but then we have young players and more picks to trade again. That’s the Laker way.

          • Thomas Klein

            No, our next 1st round pick is in 2016, but you can’t trade away consecutive 1 st round picks, so the next we could trade is 2019

          • Marcus Franco

            Oh, I see.. Thanks a lot!
            Do you know if we have any second pick next year ?

          • jt3z

            Haha i think we have one in 2017 not sure lol. Remember we cant go consecutive years without a 1st rounder.

          • Marcus Franco

            Yeah a fellow told my that haha
            We have 2016 1rd pick

          • wangkon936

            And 2nd round in 2016 also.

          • wangkon936

            No. 2016. Can’t trade consecutive year draft picks.

        • Tre

          Yeah, but a mentor that actually has a damn good resume that a young of will actually take notice and listen to and learn from. What do you want as a mentor? Some cheap journeyman like Ramon Sessions? What the hell is he going to teach the rookies? How to deal with being traded repeatedly and to warm the bench? If there are no takers for Nash, keep him and have him take these young guys in his wing.

          • traw

            marshall is still on contract. our PGs will most likely be nash, clarkson, farmar (maybe), and marshall.

  • Kale Pinder

    Love the draft this year!
    L.A needs to keep Pau as the C, make a move for Ariza at SF, at PF finding a decent holdover big to split time with Randle i.e Boozer at PF, at SG bring back Meeks to go with Kobe, and at PG sign a holdover point to split with Farmar and Clarkson i.e Thomas but all on short contracts to keep Kyrie/KD as a viable option in free agency 15-16

  • Richard

    Of course We would love to see Carmelo and/or Lebron also join the Lakers team. Can you imagine 7th round draft pick, power forward Julius Randle’s strong inside game with Carmelo’s outstanding perimeter shooting? Add Lebron’s all around all star performance with regenerated superstar Kobe Bryant? We could do a LOT worse. Can you say “Championship” very soon? I would take this lineup any day or year. It would be all about building a great team balance and team chemistry built around each player’s talents and high IQ’s before Kobe retires.. The Lakers have done it in the past with outstanding championship teams.

    • vdogg

      i only want melo on the lakers. i don’t want lebron. i want to beat lebron.

    • p1noyako

      Don’t say “WE” would love to see Carmelo and/or Lebron also join the Lakers team.

  • They call me Pringles

    Welcome to the Lakers Jordan Clarkson! Go Gilas!

  • kiko

    LA Lakers trade for Fil-Am point guard Jordan Clarkson i am proud pinoy Go Gilas!

  • kebs hags

    Wow, so excited! Not only he’s a good player, he’s half-Filipino. Filipino crazy basketball fans can’t wait to see him play.

  • What

    Reserve guard my foot don’t be surprised if he ends up being the starting PG and people talking about learning from Nash I think he will be gone besides when do you ever remember hearing about Nash taking any of the young guys under his wing every since his injury he his been off on his own working to get back so he could play more than 10 games last year so the Lakers couldn’t cut him and not have to pay him

    • Lakers Fan

      Who has Nash had to mentor at PG? You do realize Dragic is the player he is today because Nash taught him everything he know. It just takes the right player with the right skill-set to learn what Nash has to teach. Marshall is only good for assists. He doesn’t attack the rim and his jump shooting is awful. Farmar can barely stay healthy. I think Clarkson can, and will, learn a lot from Nash. I don’t see anyone taking Nash’s contract off ours hands, so I think he will be around to help Clarkson develop. I do however believe he has the potential to become the starting PG for us. Remember, Tony Parker went in the 2nd round and he has turned out to be a great future HOF player.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Welcome to the Lakers Jordan Clarkson lets win championships together as Lakers Nation.Get to work we need to win now.Jordan Clarkson should have been a first round pick and that’s top 15 talentGo Lakers.

  • MUSAAMOS

    mark my words, LA made the biggest steal in this draft. JORDAN CLARKSON is the next RUSSWESTBROOK. they have the say kind of play, they both finish at the rim with ease, both are pretty good defenders, they love pushing the pace. this is a big STEAL!!!!!

    • LakersHeatBeef

      I agree man this a all time second round steal in NBA history only Nick Van Excel and Goran Dragic and Manu Ginobli and Lance Stephenson can rival this player as a second round steal wow how did the Lakers pulled it off.

  • Rdnk_laker

    Awesome. Add Jordan Hill at 5, move Kobe to the 3, add Jodie Meeks at the 2, and Swaggy P as the 6th man and I think we’ll have one helluva group of key players.

    • Lakers Realist

      They should just go after a SF in free agency no reason to move Kobe to that position. They could always bring Ariza home.

      • Rdnk_laker

        I just worry that with his age and recovering from a recent injury, he’d have trouble defending the faster breed of new shooting guards in the league.

        • Kale Pinder

          It would be more fatiguing to guard the elite 3′s like Melo, James, and those sort

          • Rdnk_laker

            True, but there’s only 2 of them. If it becomes a problem, sic Bazemore on them. He’s a pretty good defender.

          • Kale Pinder

            Bazemore cant defend Bron or Melo. Personally i’d say go Ariza or Pierce at SF for FA just my opinion though

          • Rdnk_laker

            …Or there is another possibility….Melo or LeBron come to LA, then one guards the other. Problem solved. lol. What a pipe dream.

          • Kale Pinder

            If that happens idk what i’d do. Probably pop champagne!

          • Rdnk_laker

            I’d go ahead an plan for a Lakers parade in LA next year…an make sure my car insurance is updated for drunk mob coverage.

          • vdogg

            pierce in a lakers uniform would make me nauseous.

  • rik

    jordan clarkson is a huge steal. he can be our starting point guard.
    PG: Clarkson/ farmar/ marshall
    SG: Kobe/ bazemore
    SF: Ariza/ young
    PF: Randle/ hill/ kelly
    C: Gortat/ patric young/ sacre

    • Lakers Fan

      Dude that would be awesome, although I would switch the PG position to Clarkson/Nash/Farmar. I’m hoping they let Marshall go. He is one-dimensional and only thrived in MDA’s PG heavy/run-n-gun system.

    • Michael Davis

      Kyle lowry/Clarkson/marsh or jf
      Kobe/young/meeks
      Deng or ariza
      Randle/hill
      Pau or Monroe or gortat/sacre

    • Rdnk_laker

      This would be a nice lineup; although, I’d switch Bazemore with Young and if Gortat or Monroe can’t be had, just move Hill to starting 5 position.

  • Julio

    Jordan Clarkson is mostly compared to Michael Carter-Wiliams yes even NBA Draft Net thinks that also.It is a huge steal by the Lakers FO to buy a pick in the second round and get a player most the mock drafts had going in the first round.I watched most his college games and he is a athletic player with very quick first step and he is a great finisher and a beast going to the hole and drawing contact he shoots over 80% from the free throw line and he is a tall rangy Point Guard very athletic and a just a sensational scoring and passing Point Guard a sure NBA player with the potential to be a longtime NBA starter for the Lakers.Sign him up to a long term rookie deal he is a top 15 talent from this draft.

  • RUDY T.

    My blood pressure is very high lol ha ha ha that’s how excited i am from this successful Lakers draft.Jordan Clarkson is amazing best Point Guard in this draft.

  • Ryan

    Great draft welcome to the Lakers family and lets do great things Jordan.

  • shrek is LOVE

    Nice pick. I have a feeling this guy is gonna be something for us.

  • Isaiah

    Re-sign SwaggyP and Jordan Hill. Bring back Ariza my second favorite Laker of all time behind Ko e and my life will be complete!

  • Jimmy

    Now lakers need to resign pau for cheap,get hill off the bench,bazemore,young, Meeks,and farmar back and try to get ariza or deng

  • CCX

    “If Clarkson had made 35-40% of his threes from January-March, he might have gone in the lottery.”

    Clarkson’s a steal where they got him, much more so by only needing deal sweetner money to acquire his rights. He was ranked anywhere from just outside the lottery to the late first round. The fact he can guard the PG position is huge, that position is deep as it’s ever been in the NBA and the days of Kobe crossmatching onto Westbrook or CP3 are long gone. Great acquisition!

  • la la lakers!

    You guys might kill me for saying this but I think Clarkson should be our starting PG he has the stuff I mean of course he has to earn it but I can see him making the starting line up with randle just my opinion sorry guys

    • Ken Cheng

      It’s not like the Lakers have numerous options at PG readily available, so might as well give the kid a shot. Maybe lightning will strike twice and he’ll be the second coming of Nick Van Exel (minus the attitude).

      • la la lakers

        True true bro I hope he does

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Mike Bresnahan ‏@Mike_Bresnahan

    Lakers ended up spending $1.8 million to buy that second-round pick from Washington (46th overall), taking Missouri PG Jordan Clarkson.

    More than i had first heard wow that is a discount still for someone this good.

  • Lerkey

    YA Jordan Clarkson is a very talented player he reminds me of Steve Smith from Michigan State or even a little like Michael Carter-Williams.

  • LBJ

    Whoa really we got this super cool player.

  • savi

    Now I just want my Lakers to go play!! and watch Kobe go to work, already feels like long time, haven’t watched Kobe go to work

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    I don’t know anything about Clarkson, but people seem to be quite high on him. Is he good enough to be our future PG, or should the Lakers still pursue someone like Lowry in free agency this year?

    • A Fan

      Based on what everyone else is saying, especially those high on him, it looks like it’ll depend on how fast he can transition from college to the NBA. So I think in his first few seasons, he’ll be a backup G at best while learning from Nash and Kobe. It’ll be interesting if he can adjust smoothly because he has the length and skillset to be an effective combo guard.

  • Rangers

    Good pick! He’s an efficient player (over 20 per in college, solid shooter from TS%) and has length/ shooting ability. Could be a good pick up off the bench

  • disqus_z7oJUkLJVV

    Hoping the Lakers can somehow get there hands on Eric Bledsoe or Rajon Rondo and if no Kevin Love a solid PF size wise and defensive minded would work well with Julius Randle at SF Rondo, Kobe, Randle, Udoh(maybe if can stay healthy) or DJ White (overseas), Love. that would be a solid starting lineup :)

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Has anyone in the history of the NBA been traded as many times as Rondo before playing his first game? Lakers traded the pick to the Celtics, then Celtics traded it to the Hawks, then Hawks traded it to the Suns, then the Suns drafted him and traded him back to the Celtics. Crazy. Now the Lakers fans want him back… :)

  • Lakers4Life

    We can keep hoping, but this guy will probably be gone from Lakers in a few years. Don’t see any significant potential over some of the other mediocre draftees.

  • BULL

    this player is some what interesting.. I see another Hill from Indiana .. good pick Mitch.. I was hoping for Deonte Burton but this young man will also do

  • RealisticLakerFan

    So does this 1.8 million count towards our cap space this year?

    I’m glad we were able to pick up another asset in this draft. About to go research his agility and speeds in the combine to see how he stacks up against other premier pgs

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