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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: Gary Neal Replaces Bradley Beal

November 14, 2015 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
This Australian veteran has the right Spurs mentality — sacrificing for the greater good, so you didn’t hear any moaning when injuries and team depth saw him take a back seat last season after looking like he was on the cusp of a breakout in 2013-14. This season, however, Mills is seeing more action than ever, so he needs to be on the radar of owners in deeper leagues as a solid backcourt depth option. This week, at the very least, he may make for a solid pickup in standard sized leagues, too.
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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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2014-15 RotoRob NBA Draft Kit: Centre Rankings

October 25, 2014 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Centre is one of the toughest positions to fill in Fantasy basketball, so you definitely don’t want to wait too long before grabbing your first. Also, in the case of the myriad C/PF eligible players, check your league to ensure that your big man actually qualifies at centre, or else you could wind up in serious trouble. What you’re focusing on here is the big-time rebounders and shot blockers. If you don’t land a centre that can anchor your team in this category, you’re really going to be scrambling to fill that gap — especially in H2H leagues.
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2013-14 RotoRob NBA Draft Kit: Top 10 Rookies

October 27, 2013 | by RotoRob | Comments (1)
It’s time to switch gears to those talented youngsters that are mostly unknown factors. You may have seen them do their stuff in college, but trying to figure out which kids will adjust to the pro game quickly – and have the right situation – to become Fantasy assets right away is tricky work. Generally speaking, guards and small forwards will have an easier time with the transition than big men will. Bigs tend to take a bit longer to assert themselves in the NBA. Here are our picks for the best 10 rookies to target for the 2013-14 Fantasy basketball season.
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