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Could The Lakers No. 6 Jordan Clarkson Be ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’?

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Last year for the hardwood polish off the pine the Lakers had two NBA ‘Sixth Man of The Year’ candidates to choose from off the bench. Former Drake dubbed Toronto Raptor ‘6 Man’ Lou Williams (now across STAPLES with the L.A. Clippers), who was actually an award finalist following his late season deadline trade to the Houston Rockets. And fellow point machine in Shooting Guard form Nick Young who gets buckets faster than videos upload online. Who is now getting it for the Durant and Curry champion Warriors in the Golden State of California, as the former zero subtely rocks the number 6 in uniform.

But maybe the current Lakers number 6, Jordan Clarkson could become this seasons ‘Sixth Man Of The Year’ by regulation end like their last notable number six Eddie Jones didn’t want to be back in Kobe’s rookie year of ’96.

The Lakers have so much young talent on Coach Walton’s roster even his All-Star friend, upside down 9 now, Luol Deng can’t get any play. So much youth revolution that they’ve even assigned a guy called Bryant of all namesakes to the D-League for their South Bay Lakers development team.

Lonzo Ball could be Rookie Of The Year (Brook Lopez Wookie). Whilst if they had regular season categories for rooks, draft steal Kyle Kumza would be your Most Improved (if not future all-team MVP to be, sophomore sensation Brandon Ingram doesn’t actually win the real thing) while Josh Hart would be dogging for defensive player. But head and Jordan-esque shrugging shoulders above the rest Clarkson could actually be the one for his jersey number. The first since the man from the six almost mirrored the nickname of his old town in definition.

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Although Clarkson’s Ingram matching 18 points (kid usually microwaves about 15 to 18 per) couldn’t band-aid the 109-96 bleeding in the garden of Boston last night in a comeback renewing the old storied Lakers/Celtics rivalry, J.C. has been a blessing everytime he’s gone from wood splinters to parquet. From mid-range to downtown he’s a great spot up shooter from three like the man who starts in place of him K.C.P. And just like from three leave C to run the open floor for an end-to-end ‘Baby Driver’ quick lay-in or dunk and this kid is more than J’s and more like the praised Pope free agent significant signing than first (after)thought. Expect the young veteran Kentavious Caldwell-P to mentor this decent defender more too as the Lakers new Showtime looks to its on the floor showstopper with a future as bright as K’s yellow Kobe kicks last night.

Leading a reserve rotation off the dry-erase change, Clarkson started this now four season long late round draft steal to go with their top ten draft picks like Julius Randle trend. One that has seen a Larry Nance Jr. or Ivica Zubac for every D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram. And now even a Kyle Kumza or Josh Hart for Ball. And now arguably the most amazingly fashionable player in the L this side of MVP Russell Westbrook is about to reverse a new trend like the seventh heaven of former Sixth Man Of The Year Lamar Odom (stay up L.O.).

Carried by the 6, just years ago when Randle Gordon Hayward-ed himself on opening night who would have thought a post-Kobe Lakers would be in safe hands thanks to names like Jordan?

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MVP Brandon Clarke dominates, leads Grizzlies to 2019 NBA Summer League Title

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Canadian Brandon Clarke, the 21st pick of the 2019 Draft dominated the NBA’s annual summer showcase — becoming the first player to take home both tournament and championship game most valuable player honors with a dominant 15 points, 16 rebounds double-double. The No. 8 Memphis Grizzlies the Minnesota Timberwolves 95-92 to win the 2019 NBA Summer League championship.

The former Gonzaga standout added 4 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 25 minutes.

Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 Nba Summer League MVP
Canadian Basketball Player Brandon Clarke 2019 NBA Summer League MVP

In six games of summer league action, Clark averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2 assists and 1.8 blocks per game. The Vancouver native shot 55% from the field and becomes the first ever Canadian to win MVP at the NBA Summer League.

Clarke was also named to the first-team all-NBA Summer League team. Other standouts included fellow Canadians Nickeil Alexander-Walker who joined Clarke on the first-team. Toronto Raptors forward Chris Boucher was named to the second-team.

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground

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New Knick RJ Barrett Treated Las Vegas Summer League Like A New York Playground
R.J. State Of Mind...

Magnitudes off the Richter. An earthquake hit Sin City like jackpot in the NBA’s Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada out in the desert last week.

And as the Jumbo-tron still shook like the music it was pumping, many people in awe inspired attendance would have been forgiven for thinking it was Zion. As the Duke standout and the first pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Williamson made us feel more tremors than Kevin Bacon. As the new New Orleans Pelican burst out the hardwood and flew, man-handling a steal off an opponent who’s just a poster now’s inbounds pass and put back a viscous, signature slam that felt like they still tested atomic bombs out in the Nevada desert overlooking the electric, neon skyline. All whilst new and former teammates respectively, Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart and Anthony Davis looked on with “here comes the big airplane” mouths.

But after the road to Mount Zion’s knee injury lead to more Patrick Ewing ice than up there in Japan’s Mount Fuji, it was better the Blue Devil you know. As the Knicks third pick RJ Barrett ended up moving the needle more over this scorching, seasonal tourney of the youthful future of this association. Looking as good as those beautiful blue Knicks Summer League jerseys that are so clean we want to see them fresh off the press in the the NBA Store in NYC. So much so that even if RJ handed you one of his autographed signatures post game you’d still be like, “you got this in a medium?”

Sounding better than all those thirsty announcers singing “Summer Leeeeague” like The Isley Brothers this time of year classic, ‘Summer Breeze’. Making everything feel fine as he blew through defenders like the Jasmine in my mind. RJ initialed his dynamic debut and mainstream moment. Making Knicks’ fans almost forget that they just lost out on their number one goal, Zion Williamson. Or their free agent duo desire of Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who ended up on the other side of New York, across that bridge from Manhattan in Brooklyn with the Nets…almost. Following the sweated out, hard nosed 90’s were only Jordan and Starks shots got in the way of golden era glory, the Knicks’ now have their first real leader in the post Porzingis era since Syracuse star ‘Melo for the Orangemen.

And he’s not alone. Barrett who was choosing Knicks’ mannequin heads to bucket on New York’s Late Night show with Jimmy Fallon nights before the draft cap has plenty to pass to in a Pelican rivaling young core of young guns, Kevin Knox and Allonzo Trier, new free agent signing Julius Randle (this Pel is still a big ‘cat out of Kentucky like Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins reunited on the Lake Show like purple and gold fans hoped he would be too), Elfrid Payton and of course the soaring Dennis Smith Jr. Not to mention a bolstered bench of Taj Gibson and Reggie Bullock from more than midtown. Call it Chelsea, the Tribeca or even Battery Park after the High-Line of the Meatpacking District. The future of this franchise to the naked eye of ignorance is about to look better than the view from that new Vessel structure in Hudson Yards.

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Barrett began in Vegas with some early snake eyes trouble. But rolling the dice again he turned into a killer like Brandon Flowers. The man. Come round. Nothing can break. Nothing can break him down. First he scorched California’s new look King sized Lakers for 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. But it was his spell in his last Summer forecast against the Wizards were RJ showed Washington that just like NYC, DC may be America’s capital, but there’s nothing like New York, New York. He was so good you had to check the instant replay twice, with another 21 and 10, two perfect precision passes off cashing in a triple-double chip like he was a team that had both James Harden and Russell Westbrook on their roster roll call. Houston, do you read me?

Averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.2 assists in a televised tournament that is basically a glorified practice scrimmage (tell me, do you even know who won the thing?) show he will be above so. The Canadian Maple Mamba has that syrup for your bacon. Even without free agent big names like Kevin and Kyrie who are one more decision away from being journeymen, forget super-teams, the Knicks may have a lifer in RJ from Coach K’s Duke fraternity administration in the association now. Can you relate? Barrett could be brilliant and New York no longer a rotten apple. But a couple of big names away from having their title again in the Mecca of Madison Square Garden’s, World’s Most Famous Arena in bright Times Square lights.

It’s almost a New Year for New York, time for the ball to drop.

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