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Jeremy Lin praises ‘Sixth Man of Year’ Clarkson, Filipino fans


This photo taken on August 4, 2020 shows Beijing Ducks’ Jeremy Lin driving the ball during the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) match between Beijing Ducks and Guangdong Southern Tigers in Qingdao in China’s eastern Shandong province. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

MANILA, Philippines — Jordan Clarkson has been turning a lot of heads playing his best basketball for the league-leading Utah Jazz this season.

One of the many impressed by the Filipino-American guard’s play is former NBA veteran Jeremy Lin.

Lin, the first American NBA player of Taiwanese descent, also offered praise for basketball-crazy Filipinos.

Clarkson is the frontrunner for the Sixth Man of the Year award this season, averaging a career-best 17.3 points to go along with 4 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

With Clarkson playing an instrumental role, the Jazz have emerged as the best team in the NBA at 38-12.

The 28-year-old is in his ninth NBA season. He’s averaged more than 11 points per game since entering the league as a second round pick (46th overall) by the Washington Wizards, who then traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers on draft night.

Last November, Clarkson signed a four-year $52 million contract extension with the Jazz.

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