From the moment that former Missouri guard Jordan Clarkson declared for the 2014 NBA Draft, there were mixed feelings about where he would land and just how high his stock would climb. The consensus has certainly not been built to this point, but on Tuesday, Clarkson will reportedly work out for the team with the 20th overall selection in the Toronto Raptors.
Toronto Raptors holding a workout that includes Jordan Clarkson and Canadians Melvin Ejim and Khem Birch.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) June 3, 2014
The 6-foot-5 Clarkson makes scouts salivate with his size and skill level, but there are also real concerns about whether he can play point guard long-term, and if he fails to display that ability, his stock could potentially drop. At the moment, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman projects Clarkson to land with the Houston Rockets (who could really use another guard) with the 25th overall pick, but not everyone is terribly impressed with Clarkson.
An example of that would be from Draft Express, a leading NBA Draft-focused site, and their experts project Clarkson to land with the Charlotte Hornets with the 45th overall pick. There are always examples of players with a huge range of outcomes, and it appears that Clarkson is one of the prime candidates for that distinction this season.
It certainly isn’t unreasonable to think that the Raptors could fall in love with his talents and select him with the 20th overall pick, and he’ll apparently have every opportunity to compete against Canada’s own in Melvin Ejim and Khem Birch. Stay tuned.