Clarkson scored a team-high 22 points (7-12 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT) while adding six assists, five rebounds and a steal in 27 minutes off the bench during Saturday's 110-99 win over the Hornets.
The Lakers' second unit took control of this one, scoring nearly half the team's points, and Clarkson led the way by playing the entire fourth quarter while Lonzo Ball had a seat. Coach Luke Walton was simply riding the hot hand, and Ball remains a more critical part of the franchise's future, but the streaky Clarkson is capable of earning a bigger role for himself in the short term if he remains locked in.
Clarkson scored 17 points (8-12 FG, 1-1 3Pt) while adding eight rebounds and five assists in 26 minutes off the bench during Monday's 120-115 loss to the Clippers.
The Lakers' second unit kept the team in the game, as Clarkson, Kyle Kuzma and Julius Randle combined for 43 points on the night while only two starters even scored in double digits. Clarkson would need an injury or two to escape his bench role, and even as the team's sixth man he's losing shots and usage to the organization's developing young stars, so if his current 49.6 percent field-goal percentage starts regressing towards his career mark his production could be headed for a tumble.
Clarkson registered 18 points (7-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-7 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal across 24 minutes in Sunday's 127-109 win over the Nuggets.
Clarkson had slogged through a season-low four-point effort against the Suns on Friday, so Sunday's output was a welcome sight for fantasy owners. The 25-year-old guard has scored in double digits in eight of 10 November contests, and given his role as a critical source of scoring off the bench, his aforementioned clunker can safely be considered an outlier.
Clarkson provided 20 points (8-21 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT), six rebounds, five assists and two steals across 32 minutes in Wednesday's 115-109 loss to the Sixers.
As is often the case, Clarkson served as a key source of offense off the bench. He reached the 20-point mark for the second straight contest and also managed a season-high rebound total. The fourth-year guard, who can be deployed at either backcourt spot, has significantly outplayed first-round pick Lonzo Ball from a scoring perspective, but head coach Luke Walton appears intent on keeping Clarkson as his top scorer on the second unit for the time being.
Clarkson collected 25 points (11-19 FG, 3-7 3Pt), three rebounds, three assists and one steal across 26 minutes Monday against the Suns.
Clarkson's 25 points weren't only a team high Monday, but also a season high for him. The 25-year-old is averaging a career-high 51.2 percent from the field and 40.0 percent from behind the arc through 14 games this season. He'll likely continue to take charge of the Lakers' second unit deep into the season since Lonzo Ball and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope currently lead the team's backcourt.
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