Jordan Clarkson reacts to blatant disrespect to Donovan Mitchell, Jazz
Jordan Clarkson is confused on why his Utah Jazz teammates aren’t getting enough respect. Clarkson and the red-hot Jazz have been the biggest surprise of the 2020-21 NBA season as they continue to dominate with a league-best 27-7 record. Amid their meteoric rise to the top of the league in the first half of the season, the Filipino-American swingman is claiming that two of his teammates in Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert should be in the MVP conversation.
“I don’t see why they wouldn’t be in the conversation, but hey, it is what it is. We’re just trying to prove people wrong and get better. That’s it,” Jordan Clarkson told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.
Mitchell is averaging a career-high of 24.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.6 rebounds per outing, while two-time DPOY winner Gobert is posting incredible numbers of his own with 13.4 rebounds per game (3rd in the league) and a career-best 2.7 blocks per contest (2nd in the league). Based on the latest Kia MVP Ladder tally, Mitchell finds himself at the ninth spot while Gobert is sitting at no. 12.
Clarkson, for his part, is looking like a shoo-in for this year’s Sixth Man of the Year Award as he’s been killing it from the bench with 18.1 points per game.
“But in terms of worrying about if we’re getting noticed or any of that, I don’t think any of that really seeps into any of our heads. We’re kind of just focused on one thing and that’s winning games and keeping this thing rolling,” Clarkson added.
So far, the first half has been incredible for the Jazz and they are looking to get locked in ahead of the crucial second half of the season.