The Los Angeles Lakers welcomed Jordan Clarkson to the LA media via phone conference late Thursday night, after acquiring his draft rights from the Washington Wizards. Selected 46th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak described him as a “ball-handling” guard, whom they thought could be taken in the mid to late first round (for more on what Kupchak had to say, check out our video above).
Clarkson didn’t say he grew up as a fan of any NBA team in particular, but admitted he’s always looked up to Kobe Bryant. When asked what came to mind when he thought of the Lakers, he said “winning championships, and great players.” Clarkson does expect to participate in this year’s NBA Summer League. When asked about his strengths, he touted his defense, scoring ability, and versatility. His 6’8 wingspan is definitely a plus on the defensive end. Check out Clarkson’s first phone conference as a Laker with the media below.
VIDEO: Jordan Clarkson’s First Interview With The LA Media