Jordan Clarkson, in speaking on the loss of Bogdanovic, said, “I know [Bogdanovic] [is] a big loss. I know everybody’s gonna have to step up and play their role really well. And for me, it’s just going in there and doing what coach asks me to do – if that’s coming off the bench, if that’s starting, whatever situation it is, I feel like I’m ready. Coaches got a lot of trust in me – and trust in a lot of guys, and I know everybody’s going to step up. We’re going to impact the game and try to get some wins.” (The Salt Lake Tribune on Twitter)
Clarkson’s new team orientation, strengthened by the improved team chemistry developed through the hiatus, should position him for continued success as he looks to take advantage of the new opportunities to increase his role in the rotation. In 34 contests with the Jazz, he has averaged 25.3 minutes of playing time, 15.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and .8 steals. In February, Clarkson elevated his game to a new level, as he averaged 17.9 points per game, all while shooting 52.3 percent from the floor and 42.6 percent from beyond the arc. His confidence to play whichever role the team needs should bode well for him, as he looks to leverage his versatility as a scorer and facilitator to bolster the teams back-court. Based on the way he was playing before the break, his new chemistry with his teammates, and the skill set the Jazz are trying to replace, Clarkson could become a valuable staple in your fantasy lineup. It would be advantageous to keep him on your radar as a potential starter for your squad no matter the format.