LOS ANGELES — The past year has been an adventure for Jordan Clarkson. He went from a low-ranking Lakers squad, until a mid-season trade sent him to Cleveland where he reached the NBA Finals.
He finally suited up for the Philippines at the Asian Games, and now with the loss of LeBron James to free agency and all-star center Kevin Love to injury, the NBA’s lone Fil-Am has stepped up as the Cavs top 6th man and scorer.
He says the long-awaited stint in where he averaged 26 points in 4 games with Gilas during the Asian games helped in his recent success.
The All-Star voting season is on, and fans, especially in the Philippines, have already begun campaigning for him to make history.
If an All-Star berth may not be in his favor, a postseason prize may await JC. His 17 points-per-game average is among the leaders among bench players, making him a potential 6th man of the year candidate.
The most recent returns does not have him ranked in the top 10 eastern frontcourt vote-getters.
The current leaders include several of last year’s All-Stars, like Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker, and Victor Oladipo.
Dwayne Wade, who is retiring at the end of the season, is in second.
NBA All-Star voting finishes on January 21st. Between now and then, there will be a few days where votes will count as double.