Jordan Clarkson is facing an uphill battle. With the opening of 2018-2019 NBA regular season, the embattled Cleveland Cavaliers forward will again be at critics’ mercy.
In the wake of superstar Lebron James’ departure from the team, the Cavs, who won the elusive championship in 2016, cannot afford to rest on its laurels. It has to harness the raw talent of young blood like Clarkson, and use this to foster a competitive, if not winning, culture in Ohio.
In any case, Clarkson has met his share of success in the hardwood. In the 2018 Asian Games, the Filipino-American athlete finally suited up for the Philippine squad; he would go on to lead Gilas Pilipinas to a 5th place spot in the Asiad.
To get to know the lone Filipino-American in the NBA today, here are five fast facts about Jordan Clarkson.
Marcelina Tullao, Jordan’s grandmother, hails from Pampanga.
Jordan was drafted 46th overall by the Washington Wizards, but was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers on the same day.
Jordan led the Philippine team to a 5th place finish in the 2018 Asian games, the Philippines’ best record in 16 years.
Jordan is only the second Filipino-American to play in the league. Raymond Townsend, who played for the Golden State Warriors and Indiana Pacers, was the first.
Inspired by his own father’s battle with the disease, Jordan established the JC Cares foundation to provide assistance to cancer patients.
This story was originally published in MB Overseas Filipino.
Featured image from MB Sports Online.