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Jazz star Mike Conley backs Jordan Clarkson for 2 major NBA awards after 40-point explosion

Jazz, Jordan Clarkson, Mike Conley

After Jordan Clarkson’s 40-point outburst on Monday against the Philadelphia 76ers, Utah Jazz guard Mike Conley expressed his belief that the swingman should bag two major NBA awards.

Via Twitter, Conley backed Clarkson as his choice for the Sixth Man of the Year and the Most Improved Player of the Year for the 2020-21 NBA season. He also said that Clarkson should be named an All-Star.

Jordan Clarkson came off the bench and dropped his 40-piece on 13-of-20 shooting from the field, 8-of-13 from downtown and 6-of-7 from the free-throw line. Four of his 3-pointers came in the first quarter alone. His scoring explosion helped the Jazz get the 134-123 victory over the 76ers.

Joe Ingles praised Clarkson’s performance, commenting on the his focus and ease in playing his role with the Jazz.

“I’ve never played with anyone like JC in my life — on the court or off the court. He’s someone who’s so locked into and comfortable in his role. … He’s hot from when he comes in,” Ingles said, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune.

Head coach Quin Snyder, for his part, is well-aware of Clarkson’s scoring antics. But he couldn’t be more proud of JC’s explosion on Monday, as it greatly helped in the Jazz victory.

“When Jordan came in and had the performance that he had, we’ve that before, but that was another level. That kept us in the game. We were in striking distance because of the way those guys played, him in particular. He’s not bashful,” Snyder shared.

The Jazz extended their winning streak to eight games. They have a chance to make it nine on Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers.