JORDAN Clarkson has done well off the bench in two games for the Lakers as new coach Luke Walton experiments with the starting lineup.
Walton was also said to have likened the Fil-Am guard’s role with retired forward Lamar Odom.
"It's like mixing a starter with the second unit," Walton was quoted as saying by lakersnation.com.
The versatile Odom was a key player when the Lakers won its last two NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.
Clarkson still contributed double-digit scores in the two games the Lakers split, winning over Sacramento before bowing to Denver.
The bench players have received praises from the coaching staff in both games.
Clarkson leads a unit featuring 2016 second overall pick Brandon Ingram, the high-leaping Larry Nance Jr., returning center Tarik Black and Spain guard Jose Calderon.
Walton even started Metta World Peace against the Nuggets.
The third-year guard Clarkson was the highest scoring Laker to return from last season, second only to Kobe Bryant.
Asked about the chemistry of the second unit, Clarkson responded, "Biggest thing is we're having fun."
Walton has described Clarkson as the team's "most consistent perimeter defender."
Clarkson was drafted 46th overall by the Lakers in 2014.