Projected by many to be a late first-round draft pick, the point guard dropped into perilous territory for would-be
Clarkson will remember the teams that passed on him.
"Yes sir," he said Monday. "That's just fuel to my fire."
"I feel like I'm one of the better point guards in the draft," he said. "Just falling out of the first round and being selected in the second round ... ."
Clarkson, 6 feet 5, showed good scoring touch his junior year at Missouri before slumping toward the end of it. He averaged 17.5 points for the season but shot better than 38.5% only once in his last nine games.
He's not the only Lakers point guard facing a non-guaranteed contract.
Marshall, 22, was signed in December and started off well but slumped badly in the scoring column in February, March and April, shooting only 37.4% over that span.
"I've been doing a lot of individual work so I'm excited to get some five-on-five stuff going and put what I've been working on into action," Marshall said. "Using my body more, that's the main thing. Taking advantage of my size. And, of course, shooting the basketball."