Jazz news: Donovan Mitchell praises Jordan Clarkson's scoring ability ahead of debut vs. Blazers
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Donovan Mitchell praises Jordan Clarkson’s scoring ability ahead of Jazz debut vs. Blazers

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Jordan Clarkson is set to make his debut with the Utah Jazz against the Portland Trail Blazers after passing his physical, according to Sarah Todd of the Deseret News, but Donovan Mitchell already has plenty of compliments for the incoming spark plug.

Mitchell conceded Clarkson is capable of scoring at three different levels, bound to provide a much-needed scoring punch off the bench in his new uniform:

“Obviously, we’ll have Rayjon (Tucker) help on the defensive end and Jordan, we all know what he can do on the offensive end, being able to add another factor coming off the bench is really huge. We’re really excited to have both of them. It’ll take a little bit for them to get used to the terminology and the system and whatnot, but we’re really excited to have them.”

Clarkson was a punchy scorer for the Cleveland Cavaliers before he was traded for Dante Exum earlier this week, but he’s expected to bring that same willingness to put the ball in the basket for a scuffling second unit that needs more punch.

“He’s a tough cover,” said Mitchell of Clarkson. “He can get you a bucket on three different levels.”

The Jazz brought in their two-way standout in Tucker from the G League after dropping veteran forward Jeff Green. The younger Tucker will provide a stingier presence on defense while developing with this team with the help of regular minutes.

Clarkson could get immediate minutes in the wake of Mike Conley’s injury, perhaps even start next to Donovan Mitchell, as the Jazz only have Emmanuel Mudiay to fill in at that position along with two young and inexperienced cogs in Justin Wright-Foreman and Nigel Williams-Goss.