LOS Angeles Lakers and Gilas Pilipinas fans have something to smile about.
Jordan Clarkson has shown marked improvement in the offseason as shown in a series of videos online of the 24-year old Filipino-American working out with skills trainer Drew Hanlen in the preseason.
Clarkson had just signed a four-year, $50 million deal with the rebuilding Lakers. The Fil-Am guard is showing his eagerness to use last season’s campaign as a springboard to cement his role as one of centerpieces of LA’s young and promising core, which includes this year’s second overall pick Brandon Ingram, last year’s No. 2 selection D’Angelo Russell, power forward Julius Randle and high-leaper Larry Nance Jr.
On display in the videos were Clarkson’s footwork, speed and dribbling abilities he can use to free himself up for some rim-rattling dunks and stepback jumpers extending from mid-range to three point territory.
After posting per game averages of 15.5 points, 4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 steals in 32 minutes of action a game in his second season, Clarkson hopes to level up his game by learning to change speeds, create separation and make reads off the screen.
Watch him in action here:
A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on Jul 4, 2016 at 7:42pm PDT
A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on Jun 16, 2016 at 11:08pm PDT
A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on Jun 7, 2016 at 2:54pm PDT