Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson has blunt response to his improved 3-point shooting accuracy
Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson has made a significant improvement with his 3-point shooting this season, going from a pedestrian 32.4% last season to a more respectable 36.9% this season.
When asked about what he’s done differently, Clarkson summed it up to being willing to take them often:
“I’m just taking more shots and they are getting in,” Clarkson, who is putting up an average of 5.5 3-point attempts this season, told Homer Sayson of Spin.
Clarkson’s 3-point propensity has seen a slight increase the past two seasons from the 4.2 attempts per game he’s put up through his 414 career outings.
That improved clip is something that helped Clarkson make it out of Cleveland, becoming the first trade of the season when he was dealt to the Utah Jazz for Dante Exum. So far in four games with the Jazz, he’s averaging an identical 15 points, two rebounds, and one assist while connecting on 37.5% of his 3-pointers.
Clarkson is playing primarily at shooting guard while Donovan Mitchell and Joe Ingles take care of the playmaking duties in Mike Conley’s absence, yet the spark plug’s instant offense is something the Jazz figured would help them even after Conley returns from injury.
The Jazz are a perfect 4-0 since acquiring Clarkson and a Western Conference-best 9-1 in their last 10 games, still holding onto the sixth spot in a virtual tie with the Dallas Mavericks. The hope is that Clarkson and his bolstered 3-point shooting can help the Jazz finish among the top four and surprise a few teams in the postseason.