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Grizzlies rookie Brandon Clarke named Summer League MVP

Brandon Clarke, Grizzlies

There may be quite a few NBA franchises cursing passing up on Memphis Grizzlies rookie Brandon Clarke after his Summer League performance.

Clarke, the 21st pick in the first round of the 2019 NBA Draft, won the Summer League MVP award in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Clarke, a strong contributor to a Grizzlies team that reached the Summer League finals, averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in Memphis’ five Vegas contests.

Clarke, registering one of college basketball’s best Player Efficiency Ratings last season, left Gonzaga to enter the 2019 draft. Memphis acquired Clarke’s draft rights from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The 22-year-old fell in the draft after concerns about his position popped up, but he continues to contribute regardless of the position he’s put in.

The Summer League also announced two honoree teams: the first team comprised of Pelicans rookie Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Nets rising junior Jarrett Allen, Knicks sophomore Mitchell Robinson, Heat undrafted guard Kendrick Nunn and Clarke.

The second team included Raptors third-year forward Chris Boucher, Wizards rookie and lottery pick Rui Hachimura, Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes, Spurs guard Lonnie Walker IV and Blazers second-year guard Anfernee Simons.

The Grizzlies will enter the 2019-20 season loaded up with young talent that includes Clarke, second overall pick and Murray State phenom Ja Morant, sophomore big man Jaren Jackson Jr., and former Duke star Grayson Allen.

The question now is: how far can Clarke and the rest of the youth movement go?