One word. That’s all Jordan Clarkson needed to say after making history in winning as Sixth Man of the Year.
Just moments after receiving the award, becoming the first player in Utah Jazz history to do so, Clarkson in a Facebook post said he is blessed.
Clarkson has repeatedly made it known that winning Sixth Man of the Year is one of his personal goals. Despite a strong outing last season, he was not named among the finalists. But this time, he not only made sure he gets to the final list, but he was also the clear-cut winner right from the onset.
The athletic 28-year-old guard had his best season in his seven-year NBA career, averaging a career-high 18.4 points in 26.7 minutes off the bench. He just gets ’em instant buckets. He has improved on his shot selection and taking his man off the dribble, giving him easier scoring opportunities.
Clarkson came into the NBA as an unheralded rookie out of the University of Missouri. He learned under the tutelage of Kobe Bryant during his first few years with the Los Angeles Lakers before getting shipped to the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he helped LeBron James. He, however, was usually regarded as too trigger-happy with erratic defense.
But since getting traded to the Jazz, he has truly found his niche in the NBA and he now has the Sixth Man of the Year to show for it. He has been instrumental in the Jazz’s success the last two seasons.
Safe to say, the Utah Jazz are also blessed to have Jordan Clarkson.