Philippine basketball

SBP proud of Jordan Clarkson’s NBA Sixth Man award

Beatrice Go

GILAS DEBUT. Jordan Clarkson makes his Gilas Pilipinas debut in the 2018 Asian Games.

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'Once Gilas, always Gilas'

The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) praised Filipino-American NBA player Jordan Clarkson for copping this season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year award on Tuesday, May 25.

“In his short and sweet stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Jordan Clarkson showed us not only his world-class talent, but also gave us a glimpse of the hard work and dedication necessary to get to that level,” wrote SBP president Al Panlilio.

“Getting a front-row look at Jordan during Asian Games made us all believers that he will accomplish great things in the NBA.”

“Congratulations on winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, Jordan. The SBP and entire Philippine basketball community is proud of you.”

“Once Gilas, always Gilas.”

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Clarkson made his Gilas Pilipinas debut in the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Since FIBA rules on dual-nationality players did not apply in the continental games, the SBP managed to get clearance from Clarkson’s former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, to allow him to represent the Philippines.

The current Utah Jazz star was vital to the country’s fifth-place finish in the Asiad, which was the country’s highest finish in 16 years.

Clarkson is the first player in Jazz franchise history to win the Sixth Man award.

The Filipino-American established a career-high in scoring (18.4 points per game) while collecting 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.7 minutes per game over 68 games (one start).

His scoring average of 18.3 points as a reserve was the highest in the NBA. – Rappler.com

Beatrice Go

More commonly known as Bee, Beatrice Go is a multimedia sports reporter for Rappler, who covers Philippine sports governance, national teams, football, and the UAAP. Stay tuned for her news and features on Philippine sports and videos like the Rappler Athlete’s Corner and Rappler Sports Timeout.