Jordan Clarkson is one of the most unique players in the NBA. The way he plays basketball, the way he dresses, the way he carries himself, and his role on his team are unlike any player in the league. No other bench (and maybe even regular) players have the ever-vibrant gleaming green light that Jordan Clarkson has. Sometimes that green light is the best thing ever. It gives him an opportunity to showcase one of the most unique bags of basketball tools in the world. It enabled him to scorch enough nets last season to be named Sixth Man of the Year, the first time ever that a Utah Jazz player won the award. It provided endless amounts of highlights and great twitter content. But sometimes that green light has it’s downfalls too. Like when he goes 1-13 and 0-11 from three in a single game. Or when he misses 25 (yes, twenty-five) three-pointers in a row over a three game stretch. Through the first seven games of the 2021-22 season, Clarkson was actually having the worst season of his eight-year career, shooting 33 percent from the field and 20 percent from three. Over the last week or two as Clarkson has struggled shooting the ball, you could sense a bit of tension in Jazz nation. A few more Trade Machine screenshots started popping up on the timeline. Some wondered if the flamethrower was running out of gas. But then Thursday night’s game happened.
The first half was a continuation of the nightmare of Jordan Clarkson’s season. 1-8 from the field, 0-5 from three. You could even sense in some of the Jazz player’s body language the frustration with Jordan Clarkson’s shots. But guess who never wavered, not one bit? Jordan Taylor Clarkson. Shooters shoot, and Jordan Clarkson did just that.
The flamethrower lit up in the second half, shooting 9-11 from the field and 4-5 from three. The Jordan Clarkson flame burned hotter than ever, giving the Jazz enough energy and buckets to close out a tough win on the road without Donovan Mitchell. Clarkson finished with 30 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and posted a game-high plus-29 in the box score. A vintage Jordan Clarkson game, just when you needed one most.
After the game, Clarkson opened up and talked about his teammates faith in him, and how they never discouraged him from continuing to shoot the ball.
| "The biggest thing for me, I love my teammates, bro. This is, like, the best group of guys I've ever been around hooping and it makes me love coming to work."#WalkoffInterview | @lhmauto pic.twitter.com/l0W7xfmj4K— Utah Jazz (@utahjazz) November 5, 2021
This interview from Jordan Clarkson is just awesome. He talks about basketball, and life, and how the hard and challenging days are what make the good days so good. That’s relatable to everyone, not just basketball players.
Quin Snyder commented on Clarkson after the game, saying no matter what, he always believes in JC.
Quin Snyder on Jordan Clarkson: I would never pull him for missing shots.— Tony Jones (@Tjonesonthenba) November 5, 2021
Reporters: why not
Snyder: I believe in him
Find someone in your life like Quin Snyder. Someone that believes in you even after you miss 25 shots in a row. That’s true love right there from Coach Snyder.
Strictly talking about basketball, Jordan Clarkson does so much for the Utah Jazz. On a night like tonight, on the road with your All-Star and leading scorer, they probably aren’t winning that game without Jordan Clarkson. Every single night, Jordan Clarkson is a legitimate threat to score 20+ points off the bench. Some nights you will get 30 like tonight, and some might get 40 like last season. The possibility is always there. Yes, there might be some nights where he struggles, and those nights are rough to watch. But having a guy that can come off the bench every single night that is instant offense, is such a valuable skill. Hopefully this game can be the spark that gets the flamethrower back to torching opposing defenses, so that we can all enjoy the glory of Jordan Clarkson as a Jazz man for however long it may last.