May 25, 2021 – Utah Jazz’ Jordan Clarkson got some pretty great news during his interview with the “NBA on TNT” crew last night.
Clarkson was named the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, and is now the first Jazz player to ever win the award.
The Utah Jazz guard averaged a career-high 18.4 points and four rebounds this season with the Jazz. He played in nearly 27 minutes per game, all but one of which he came off the bench, and was critical in helping Utah claim the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
The 28-year-old was traded to Utah last season from the Cavaliers, and then signed a four-year, $51 million deal before this season started.
Joe Ingles, his teammate who broke out the news to him in a live interview, finished second in the voting with 34 first place votes. Knicks guard Derrick Rose is the only other player to claim a firstplace vote. Dallas Mavericks guards Jalen Brunson and Tim Hardaway Jr. rounded out the top five.
Clarkson was born in Tampa, Florida to African-American Mike Clarkson and Annette Tullao Davis, who is Filipino-American.
Davis’s mother (Jordan’s maternal grandmother) Marcelina Tullao Kingsolver, was from Bacolor, Pampanga.
Both of Jordan’s parents served in the United Air Force but divorced when he was young, with Clarkson’s father later remarrying.
He moved to San Antonio, Texas at the age of six, eventually attending Karen Wagner High School where as a sophomore he averaged 10 points per game while earning honorable mention all-district accolades. As a junior, he averaged 20 points, six rebounds and four assists per game, leading his team to a 32-8 record and the Class 5A state semi-finals.
On November 11, 2009, Clarkson signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at the University of Tulsa.
As a senior, he averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.1 steals, leading his team to a 38-2 record and a semi-final loss in the state championship. He was also named San Antonio High School Player of the Year.
In his freshman season at Tulsa, Clarkson was named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman team after being named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week four times in 2010–11. In 27 games (nine starts), he averaged 11.5 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 24.9 minutes per game.
In his sophomore season, he was named to the All-Conference USA first team and the NABC All-District 11 team. In 31 games (all starts), he averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 33.9 minutes per game
In May 2012, Clarkson transferred to Missouri but subsequently sat out the 2012–13 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
On March 31, 2014, he declared for the NBA draft, foregoing his final year of college eligibility.
From 2014 to 2018, Clarkson played for the Los Angeles Lakers, from 2018 to 2019 the Cleveland Cavaliers, and 2019 to the present the Utah Jazz. SPH/Ado Paglinawan