I'm Worried About Clarkson


Eenie-Meenie

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We know what Clarkson can do when he is on. That is why I was hoping Quin would've started him last night, and said to him. The ball is in your court, so do you thing and lead us to victory. Clarkson is best when he is given full independence; that is why he has flourished with the Jazz. But, unfortunately, Quin didn't see that as an option.
 


fishonjazz

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I've thinking about this too. Defenders stay in the ground, get physical and he just seems to struggle to finish around the basket. He oftentimes ends up stuck below the basket, somebody else arms or trying a contested fade away. Right now he looks like bad Burks.
Except burks almost always get by his man. Even bad burks was great at getting past his primary defender and getting to the hoop

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latin jazz

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Except burks almost always get by his man. Even bad burks was great at getting past his primary defender and getting to the hoop

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True. But I think JC can also get all the way the basket, the problem is that he is not creating separation from his defender. The biggest difference is that at that point Burks would create contact (like @Saint Cy of JFC pointed out) while JC shies away from it. I see similarities in how both get into bad situations around the rim which is kind of tricky when you play below the rim. Burks used to turn easy shots into a bad ones (which kind of worked early on when we was athletic enough). I think JC struggles is a combination of forcing too many bad shots and teams scouting him better.
 
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Ferguson_Mellochill

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Well, Bogdanovic and Niang have been playing better. Maybe that will help compensate if Clarkson is off.

Clarkson has struggled against better defenders. He got more or less taken out of the Nuggets series last year when Gary Harris was guarding him. But he beats up on guys like Jalen Brunson, CJ McCollum and Wes Matthews.
 
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SoUjazzfan

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He needs to be a decoy more often. Drive, draw and kick instead of forcing a shot. Once he proven he's willing to pass out of a double or when the defense collapses on him in the lane it'll open things back up for him.
 

candrew

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I think Clarkson has a few nagging injuries - some we know about, a couple we don't. Remember he was playing with a cracked bone in his shooting hand for about a month before anyone knew about it. I wouldn't be surprised if his ankle still isn't 100 percent.
 

Jazzmix

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I think it's a valid concern. Since he became the leading candidate for 6 MOY he's definitely been scouted better than last season or in the beginning of this one. And with Donovan out he may get more attention from the opponents.
 

hgb

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I know a lot of people are down on Utah right now, but for the most part I'm not at all. I'm pretty confident in this team to step up when it counts. That is, I'm confident in all but one player.... Jordan Clarkson.

The dude has looked flat out bad lately. And not just miss/make bad, but not able to get past anyone in the NBA bad. Looking like Rodney Hood at his worst bad. The worst part is that I don't even think it's injury related. I think teams just have a much better scouting report on him now and the moves he had in his bag of tricks have become predictable for opponents.
I actually feel he's been looking rough for a long time. First half or so of the season, it felt like he never missed those small, weird floaters in the lane where he dribble for a while, then gets to his spot, then just shove it in. Since ~ASB, it feels like he misses those little push shots a lot more, and generally has a hard time scoring. If Mike/Donovan/Joe/Bogey are playing well, we probably don't need JC to be that good, but when they (some, at leatst) are off, he's the saviour. I want my real Clarkson back, please.
 

jom2003

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Not worried at all. If anything, JC actually exceeded my expectation early in the season, and now he's about matching it. Let's call it a regression to the mean.

Let's not pretend JC is some kind of unicorn that this league has never seen.

There have been same exact type of heat-check players like him in the past and there always will be in the future.

Jamal Crawford, JR Smith, Lou Williams, Terence Ross, Gary Trent, Malik Monk......

These are kind of the players that can shoot the lights out for 30 or 40 points on one night, and then can't throw into the ocean to reach double digits the next day. Their career highlights are just about as long as their career lowlights.

That's why they are paid about mid-level and switch teams often. Consistency just isn't part of their game. So we'll just have to take the good with the bad.
 

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