Earl Clark, combo forward
HT: 6-10 WT: 225 COLLEGE: Louisville
AGE: Turns 24 on Jan. 17, 2012
NBA SEASONS: 2011-12 is his third.
TWITTER HANDLE: @3eaZy
HOW HE CAME TO ORLANDO: Traded from the Phoenix Suns with Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu for Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat, Mickael Pietrus, a 2012-first-round pick and cash on Dec. 18, 2010. . . . Re-signed with the Magic for two seasons on Dec. 15, 2011.
SCOUTING REPORT:Magic coach Stan Van Gundy raves about Clark's potential as a defender. Van Gundy loves Clark's quick feet and long arms and has said he will try to play Clark off the bench against some opponents' top scorers -- guys such as Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Paul Pierce. That said, Clark doesn't have much experience in crucial situations, and Van Gundy has been reluctant to use him in key spots in the past. Clark is a "tweener": He doesn't have the bulk right now to be a power forward, and he doesn't have the refined offensive game to fit in offensively as a small forward. Still, Clark says he would embrace the role as a defensive stopper.
ODDS & ENDS: Clark was born in Newark, N.J., and he has said New Jersey is his favorite travel destination. . . . He says his mom, Brenda Clark, had the biggest impact on his athletic career. . . . When he was a child, he pretended to be Allen Iverson.
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