Clark compiled six points (2-5 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two rebounds and two assists over 18 minutes in Friday's 129-128 preseason overtime victory over the Nuggets.
Clark saw emerging second-round pick Patrick McCaw pace the bench with 18 points and also receive nine more minutes on the floor overall. The 25-year-old guard had turned in his most impressive effort of preseason in his last game on Oct. 6 versus the Kings, but the rookie appears to have definitely caught the eye of coach Steve Kerr. Both players will continue to be evaluated through the balance of the exhibition slate in the battle to serve as the primary backup to Klay Thompson.
It's hard to glean from three preseason games how the Warriors intend to divvy up the playing time among their reserves during the regular season, but by examining the substitution patterns thus far, Clark appears to the backup shooting guard. Coach Steve Kerr has also been giving playing time to second-round draft pick Patrick McCaw, who has scored 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting to go with six assists and six steals in the three preseason games, though his minutes have usually come later in contests. The Warriors' rotation seems otherwise solidified, so it looks like the final spot will be decided between Clark and McCaw.
The reserve guard's near point-per-minute effort was a bright spot in the victory and was a nice contrast from his one-point tally against the Clippers on Tuesday. The 25-year-old slots behind veteran and defensive stalwart Shaun Livingston on the depth chart at point guard, which could well leave him hard-pressed for appreciable playing time once again in the coming season. However, with Livingston a year older and Clark providing some decent production in limited playing time last season, a slight uptick in the 8.8 minutes per contest he averaged in 2015-16 isn't out of the question.
Clark will remain in the bay for at least one more season after spending last season as a deep reserve off the Warriors bench. Clark averaged 3.6 points over 8.8 minutes per outing in a career-high 66 games this past season. His role isn't likely to change next season, as the Warriors will have a tough time splitting minutes between their vast array of talent, which will likely leave little game-action for the 25-year-old Clark.
The Warriors extended qualifying offers to both Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli, while Clark and James McAdoo were the odd men out and will head to unrestricted free agency. Clark saw action in a career-high 66 games this past season, posting an average of 3.6 points over nine minutes per outing. The 25-year-old will likely get picked up as a depth option for a guard-needy team.
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