2. Jordan Clarkson
Clarkson is always going to be a poor defender, but he can be an absolute flamethrower off the bench when given the green light. Clarkson has spent the last 2.5 seasons helping the Jazz remain a postseason threat, but that time could come to n end thanks to this philosophical change from Utah.
Clarkson averaged 16.8 points per game in Utah despite starting just four games. He’s more ball-dominant (14 shots per game in just 26.4 minutes per game), but Clarkson would instantly become the best and most proven scorer on a much-maligned Raptors second unit.
Jordan Clarkson makes sense for the Toronto Raptors.
Clarkson might cost a pretty penny due to his age and scoring acumen, but that’s a price Toronto might be willing to pay. Subtracting one 6-8 wing from the equation and a handful of picks for one of the game’s best bench lightning bolts could be wacky enough to work.
The addition of Otto Porter Jr. is going to do wonders for this bench, but Toronto can’t rely on one move like that to completely fix what was nearly a fatal flaw for them last season. Getting Clarkson would be quite an answer back after so many Eastern Conference teams got stronger.