Clarkson posted 11 points (3-9 FG, 2-6 3Pt, 3-5 FT), three rebounds and one assist across 22 minutes in Wednesday's 123-112 preseason loss to the Warriors.
Though coach Luke Walton has deployed Clarkson as the team's sixth man for much of the preseason, he's settled back into his usual starting role at shooting guard for the last two games, suggesting he'll open the regular season in that capacity. Clarkson hasn't complained about coach Luke Walton's decision to bring him off the bench, so it's possible that we could see him get a look in that role on select occasions throughout the regular season. Lou Williams would be the leading candidate to enter the starting lineup in such a scenario, but Clarkson will see frequently see the larger minutes load of the two regardless of what the arrangement happens to be on a given night.
Clarkson has come off the bench for the last few games but with Lou Williams (rest) sitting out he'll get the chance at an increased role. Look for him to see a minutes boost as long as he's in the starting lineup.
Clarkson managed 18 points (7-12 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 1-1 FT), a rebound and a steal over 23 minutes in Thursday's 116-104 preseason loss to the Kings.
Coach Luke Walton's self-termed experiment with having Lou Williams start at two-guard and Clarkson come off the bench has now spanned all five preseason games to date, but the role doesn't seem to bother the third-year guard whatsoever. He's managed double-digit point totals in each contest, with Thursday's scoring serving as his preseason best. Clarkson still figures in to the starting role once the regular campaign commences, where he'll serve as a highly coveted fantasy asset on a fast-paced team that figures to be involved in plenty of high-scoring affairs.
Clarkson came off the bench for the second time in as many preseason games but outperformed starting two-guard Lou Williams, who managed only 10 points in two more minutes on the floor. Clarkson is still the odds-on favorite to open the season as the starter, despite coach Luke Walton having opted to experiment with him in a reserve role in the first pair of exhibition contests.
Though he's projected to start at shooting guard this season, Clarkson came off the bench for the exhibition contest, but played only a minute less than starter Lou Williams. Coach Luke Walton termed the lineup switch as an experiment, but Clarkson excelled in his role as the club's sixth man Tuesday, providing strong production on a per-minute basis. Clarkson will look to build on a 2015-16 campaign in which he averaged career highs in points, rebounds, steals and minutes and should form an exciting young backcourt with second-year point guard D'Angelo Russell.
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