Jordan Clarkson has been great for the Cleveland Cavaliers so far but can he help the team win another championship this season?
The Cleveland Cavaliers dealing for Jordan Clarkson was the most surprising move of the trade deadline. In my opinion, he makes the Cavs exciting thanks to his scoring and unpredictability on offense. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Cleveland will handily win the East. The way this team is now, it’s hard to gauge how good they’re going to be in the playoffs. A winning streak is an encouraging sign but there are still factors that we’ll need to take into account.
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Jordan Clarkson is a solid player
There’s no doubt that Jordan Clarkson is a good player. Contrary to what Cavs fans are saying though, he is not the savior of the Cleveland franchise. His highlights might seem impressive but his averages paint a different picture. In the 2 games he’s played for the Cavs, Clarkson averaged 15.5 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.5 assists, and 1 steal. These numbers aren’t far off from his averages when he was still with the Lakers.
Jordan Clarkson creates space for the jumper!#AllForOne
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The answer to Cleveland’s age and injury issues
So were the Cavaliers wrong in dealing for Jordan Clarkson? To be fair, it wasn’t just Clarkson that Cleveland dealt for. The trade deadline also saw Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood joining the Cavs. It is the combination of these three players that make Cleveland such a compelling team to watch now.
Jordan Clarkson has gotten buckets with Kobe and LeBron. Legendary company. 🐍👑 pic.twitter.com/zYebzSi1Ve
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Prior to the All-Star break, the Cavs were barely winning games. A lot of that had to do with just the age of the players on their teams. Including Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Channing Frye, and Kyle Korver were all getting up in age. And when they weren’t old, the Cavs were just banged up. Derrick Rose and Kevin Love both had injury issues and missed a chunk of time for Cleveland.
Essential pieces to the puzzle
With Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance Jr., the Cavs now have a solid rotation of players that can keep up with Lebron James. After Kyrie Irving left for Boston, James had to work double time just to keep the team competitive. While he still was dominant, his efficiency suffered because of his inhuman workload. Since Clarkson and Hood are coming off the bench, the Cavs can give James more in-game rest. As for Nance Jr., his addition might just be the catalyst to light Tristan Thompson’s fire again. Since he got involved with the Kardashians, Thompson’s play has nose-dived. With Nance Jr. around, the Cavs are hoping TT rediscovers his once-dominant rebounding self.
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Still Lebron James’ team and city
Gotta tell you, Larry Nance JR with Jordan Clarkson on the floor together with @KingJames, JR & Jeff Green looked fantastic. Bottom line: over last two games Coach Ty Lue has done a fantastic job and LEBRON has been nothing short of sensational. Here’s the downside: East is Over!
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The Cleveland Cavaliers are likely going to end the season as the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference. Even with a revamped lineup, the Cavs can’t hope to catch up to Toronto’s 6.5 game lead over them. Catching up to Boston might still be possible with the way the Celtics have been playing. With that said, the Cavs can still afford to be a 3rd seed. A big reason for this is Lebron James. With the King around, Cleveland should always expect deep playoff runs. They might be a third seed but you could always count on the Cavaliers to be favored in a best of 7 series. Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and Larry Nance Jr.’s addition only serves to reinforce this. Of course, winning the East is one thing. Relative to winning the Eastern Conference, going on to hoist an O’Brien is much, much harder. The West is still stacked with the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets, and OKC Thunder all looking like contenders. And with a relatively inexperienced lineup, it’s hard to see the Cavs ending this season as champions.