The young prolific scorer of Utah Jazz, Jordan Clarkson has finally made it to the records. Jordan Clarkson was awarded the sixth man of the year award for 2020-21 NBA season. He is Utah Jazz’s highest scorer off the bench. In the process he became the first Utah Jazz player to achieve so in the NBA. Joe Ingles was the other finalist for Utah Jazz in lieu of the trophy for sixth man. Both of them appeared on TNT on Monday in what appeared to be a set up for Jordan Clarkson’s secret award ceremony. The former Cleveland Cavaliers guard has made an incredible impact this season. More than that he carried the team with his immense impact against many teams throughout the season. With this special token of appreciation, the Utah Jazz will look forward to solidifying their position in the playoffs.
The setup was staged on TNT. While appearing for the show, Jordan Clarkson believed it to be a mere interview for both the Utah Jazz players. However, Joe Ingles was a part of the whole set up as well. Host Ernie Johnson started with questions. He asked both the stars “How many Utah Jazz players have won it?” To this Clarkson replies ‘zero’. However, Joe Ingles said 1 and pointed at Jordan Clarkson. Later he awarded the trophy to him which amused Jordan Clarkson a lot.
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Joe Ingles was given the trophy for the best sixth man trophy which he later presented to Jordan Clarkson. “This is wild,” Clarkson said. “This trophy does mean something, means a lot of work. But we’re going for something else, we’ve got bigger goals ahead of us and that’s what we’re going to try to go get, we’re trying to get another trophy.”
Clarkson averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.7 minutes in 68 games this season. His scoring average of 18.3 points as a reserve was the highest in the NBA. He said, “One of my closest teammates,” Clarkson said. “We’ve sat in locker rooms where it’s just been me and him and had conversations about my personal life and stuff like that, and he sits across from me on a plane and we hang out. We drink beers together and we should come out with a beer company soon with how many beers we drink on off days.”
Clarkson said, “This trophy does mean something, means a lot of work. But we’re going for something else, we’ve got bigger goals ahead of us and that’s what we’re going to try to go get, we’re trying to get another trophy.” Clarkson credited former teammates Lou Williams and J.R. Smith, who have also won the 6MOY award, with being mentors throughout his career and helping to guide him through the early years of his career.