That Lakers draft pick looked pretty strong out there, fluid and gifted, often with a serious look on his face, especially when he went up for that game-winning tip-in with no time left.
Julius Randle? He did fine too, but Jordan Clarkson was the story Monday night.
The 46th player drafted scored 19 points in the Lakers' 89-88 overtime victory over Golden State in an NBA summer league game at Cox Pavilion.
Clarkson, a combo guard, timed his jump perfectly to tap in Randle's miss from 10 feet as the Lakers improved to 1-2.
"I think Clarkson has great explosiveness going to the basket, he has a tremendous pull-up jumper, but the thing about Jordan Clarkson is that he's always in the right place at the right time," said Mark Madsen, the Lakers' summer-league co-coach. "It was a soft-touch tip-in and that got us the win."
It was the third solid game in a row for Clarkson, who had 16 points against New Orleans and 21 against Toronto.
Most people predicted he would be a late first-round selection on draft night, but he fell into non-guaranteed contract territory by not being one of the top 30 picks.
He thinks about it. Often.
"I use that as motivation anytime I step out on the court," Clarkson said. "I always had that chip on my shoulder. It's just a bigger one now that I got drafted low."
Before the tip-in, the only time Clarkson appeared to smile on the court was when he waved Kendall Marshall away to shoot a second-quarter free throw after Golden State was called for a defensive three seconds.
A soon-to-be-rookie taking a free throw instead of a guy with two NBA seasons of experience? Yeah, it happened.
Clarkson made seven of 16 shots and added seven rebounds in 33 minutes. He was a junior last season at Missouri and said he could remember only one other game-winner, sometime in high school in San Antonio.