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U.S. Sportsbooks Backing Jordan Clarkson to Live up to the Magic

October 17, 2017 | by John Mitchell | Comments Comments Off
Jordan Clarkson is being counted on to lead a young Los Angeles Lakers team.
Could Jordan Clarkson be the NBA’s top sixth man this season? (USA Today Sports)

Being a professional athlete always carries pressure, but when you add the expectations of one of your sport’s all time legends, along with the predictions of the nation’s sportsbooks, you need nerves of steel to go with natural talent. This is the scenario faced by Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson as the NBA season gathers momentum.

Not only is the 25-year-old Tampa native in the media spotlight, but he also has the unwavering gaze of team executive and NBA legend Magic Johnson to contend with. But Johnson has faith in his young protégé, and has publicly backed him to win the league’s Sixth Man of the Year award. And let’s face it, Magic knows a thing or two about what it takes to be studly in the NBA (see video below).

Online Sportsbooks Have More Faith in Clarkson Than the Lakers

Of course, you could argue that Johnson is paid to say that and to instill belief in every member of the team, particularly a rising star like Clarkson, but the best U.S. online sportsbooks also believe that Clarkson could win the award. Side wagers such as these have become hugely popular in the modern online betting age, and U.S. online sportsbooks accept thousands of dollars in bets every year.

Johnson’s words have already seen most of the U.S. online sportsbooks slash the odds of Clarkson clinching the award, although they are more circumspect about the actual team’s prospects of success this season.

There will be plenty riding on the upcoming matchup against the rival Clippers on Friday. Most have the Clippers as warm favourites, but some favour the Lakers, and clearly, they are finding it too tight to call.

Longer term, nobody can see past the Golden State Warriors for the Pacific Division title, and they are odds on to go all the way and win the NBA. The Lakers are clearly not ready to threaten that, with some bookmakers quoting them as long as 200-to-1.

About Jordan Clarkson

Clarkson’s NBA career got off to an inauspicious start. Selected with the 46th pick in the 2014 draft by the Washington Wizards, he was immediately traded to the Lakers, where he saw little action until the latter part of the 2014-15 season. By March, however, he was making up for lost time, while also making history with Jeremy Lin to form the first Asian-American starting backcourt in NBA history.

In 2015-16, Clarkson became a full-time starter, and wound up sinking more buckets, leading to a career-best 15.5 PPG. He also did a better job on the glass. Last season, he played in every game for the first time, but mostly came off the bench. Clarkson’s shooting touch bounced back somewhat, but he didn’t do as good a job of getting to the line and his rebounding dipped.

Still, last year the Lakers demonstrated their faith in Clarkson and the role he is expected to play in their future when they agreed to a US$50 million contract to retain his services until 2020.

Finding his Place

Despite his great start, his multi million dollar contract and the backing of Johnson, it is important to remember that Clarkson is still a young man finding his place on the team.

Coach Luke Walton is not afraid to experiment in order to get the best out of his young star. Walton was impressed by the way Clarkson reacted to being asked to play out of his usual comfort zone, even when things did not quite go as planned. Walton said: “His attitude has been great. His effort coming in every day at practice has been great, it’s just new.”

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below what kind of season you’re expecting out of Clarkson, and whether he’s a potential Sixth Man of the Year winner.

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The Wire Troll: O.J. Mayo Gets His Groove Back in Milwaukee

December 12, 2015 | by Adrian Wallace | Comments Comments Off
Zeller has been mostly stellar (yes, we’re poets at heart) over the four games (okay, maybe not so much over the last two). Regardless, his season-high of 20 points with six boards and two blocks on Monday did raise some eyebrows. With Jefferson (calf/suspension) out, Zeller will try to take advantage and gain more minutes and confidence in the low post. Playing pivot is giving Zeller a chance to shine in areas we don’t normally expect from him; he’ll contribute with boards, points and occasional blocks.
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The Wire Troll: C.J. McCollum Flashing His Potential

April 11, 2015 | by McCade Pearson | Comments Comments Off
He’s been massively inconsistent and the free agent to be could be nearing the end of his Lakers’ career. However, Johnson’s recent play may give LA pause to think about bringing him back next season. He’s been logging a big load lately, and while his shooting leaves something to be desired, Johnson has reached double digit points in four of the last five (including a team-high 16 on Sunday), while canning plenty of treys and pitching in with more boards than usual (although, overall, his rebounding is down slightly after averaging a career-best 4.4 last season).
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The Wire Troll: Tony Wroten Getting Burn in Philly

February 8, 2014 | by Bob Raymond | Comments Comments Off
Bass is certainly not known for statistical “consistency,” but he’s worth considering now that he has regained a spot in the Celtics starting unit. Two of his last three games have been solid, so Fantasy teams in need of points, rebounds and some blocks should take notice.
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The Hidden Truth: Block Party Edition

March 9, 2009 | by Alex Hardin | Comments Comments Off
If you’re throwing a block party, you better invite The Birdman. Well, the NBA season is headed down the home stretch and you may find yourself in a situation where you need to attack certain fantasy categories. For those rotisserie basketball guys, you may need to shore up in some cats and catch up in others. [...]
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