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Jordan Clarkson clear-cut favorite for NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Martin Mendoza
Jordan Clarkson clear-cut favorite for NBA Sixth Man of the Year

Jordan Clarkson. Photo from Utah Jazz

Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson averaged career-highs in points and rebounds for the league-leading Utah Jazz this season

After having a terrific season for the Utah Jazz off the bench, Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson looks well on his way to becoming the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

In 68 regular season games this year, the 28-year-old Clarkson averaged a career-best 18.4 points and 4.0 rebounds, along with 2.5 assists for the Jazz, who finished the season as the No. 1 team in the league with a 52-20 record.

The other finalists for the award include Clarkson’s Jazz teammate Joe Ingles, who averaged 12.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.7 assists, and New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose, who put up 14.7 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 4.2 assists.

Aside from being the clear leader in terms of statistics, according to Sixth Man of the Year odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, Clarkson also remains as the favorite to win the award at -182, followed by Ingles at +142, and Rose at +10000. 

In a recent interview with SportsCenter Asia, Clarkson gave credit to his coach Quin Snyder for allowing him to play his role, and for putting him in the right positions to deliver all season long.

“Coach (Snyder) has been really great for me. Just letting me go in there, be myself, do what I do, score the ball and make plays,” said Clarkson.

“He’s setting me up, putting me in the right positions to score the ball as well. You know, he’s just a genius and he’s done a great job of helping all of us on this team,” he added.

Clarkson and the rest of the Jazz will face the winner of the final play-in game between the Golden State Warriors and the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the playoffs, which will begin on Sunday, May 23 (Monday, May 24, Manila time). – Rappler.com