Jordan Taylor Clarkson is a Filipino-American professional basketball player who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Clarkson attended Karen Wagner High School in San Antonio. He averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals in his senior leading his team to a 38-2 record and a semi-final loss in the state championship.
Clarkson played his college basketball for the University of Tulsa. As a freshman, Clarkson was named to the 2011 Conference USA All-Freshman team after being named the Conference USA Freshman of the Week four times in 2010–11. He was named to the All-Conference USA first team and the NABC All-District 11 team in his sophomore year. He averaged 16.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in 33.9 minutes per game in 31 games. Clarkson transferred to Missouri where he earned second team all-conference honors in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). He averaged 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.1 steals in 35.1 minutes per game in 35 games.
Clarkson was drafted as the 46th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. He was traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers for cash and joined the team for the 2014 NBA Summer League. He did not play for most of the first half of his rookie season but ended up starting 38 games for the Lakers at the point guard position. Starting alongside Jeremy Lin in the backcourt, the pair became the first Asian-American starting backcourt in league history. Clarkson was named as to the NBA All-Rookie First Team. Only four other second-round picks in the last 30 years have been named to the first team.
In 2016, Clarkson re-signed with the Lakers on a four-year, $50 million contract. In 2017, Clarkson scored a career-high 35 points and eight 3-pointers in a 130–119 overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Mid-way through the 2017-2018 NBA regular season, Clarkson, along with Larry Nance Jr., was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in exchange for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and a 2018 first-round draft pick. He helped the Cleveland Cavaliers reach the 2018 NBA Finals where they got swept by the Golden State Warriors.