Drafted: 46th by WAS (traded to LAL)
We can only glean so much from the summer league, but it really looks like the Los Angeles Lakers got great value in the middle of the second round by trading for Jordan Clarkson.
The 6'5" guard generated offense in a variety of ways. His speed and handles help him get past his man and slash to the bucket, but he can also find his teammates. Clarkson has a great feel in the pick-and-roll as well as drive-and-dish sequences.
Even more impressive was his outside shooting. Clarkson proved he can score from NBA three range as an off-guard, hitting 8-of-19 (42 percent) from distance.
Lakers associate head coach Mark Madsen loved Clarkson's willingness to absorb the team's game plan and execute it, per Trevor Wong of Lakers.com:
I think he was one of the top players, not only on the Lakers team, but here at the Las Vegas Summer League...I loved his enthusiasm for the game and I loved his ability to learn. He learned every set, he learned multiple options out of each set for other positions. Now what Clarkson can do is he can tell people where to go on the court, and that's a sign of a point guard who's growing into the position.
It's not just that Clarkson put up 15.8 points per game and worked hard to learn the Lakers' system. He was comfortable on the floor and looked the part of a dynamic player, superior to most second-round prospects.
If he can continue to make plays during training camp and into the regular season, L.A. will have made one of the best thefts of the draft.
Dan O'Brien covers the NBA draft for Bleacher Report.