Since his NBA debut, Jordan Clarkson’s impressive performances have established him as a young and talented basketball player. The American point guard of the Philippine heritage, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers, is proud to be the only Filipino in the NBA after Raymond Townsend who played from 1978 to 1982.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
Jordan Clarkson was born on June 7, 1992, in Tampa, Florida, USA. Jordan’s parents named him after NBA legend Michael Jordan, and he was named J’. As a child, his favorite game was soccer. He played soccer, joined the line and ran track and field, including the 400, the 200 and the 100 meters. But given his early encounter with the world of basketball – thanks to his father; Jordan turned to basketball in high school.
He grew up in San Antonio and attended Karen Wagner High School, Texas. In his senior year as a player for his school team, he averaged 18.9 points per game and was named San Antonio High School Player of the Year and MVP of Faith Seven Game 2010.
Jordan Clarkson began his studies at the University of Tulsa in 2010, where he won the First-Team All-Conference USA award. But two years later he moved to the University of Missouri, where he was selected as the Second Team All-SEC and graduated with a degree in Arts & Science.
In June 2014, Clarkson was selected as the 46th overall pick in the NBA draft by Washington Wizards. However, he made his professional NBA debut for Los Angeles Lakers in the 2014-15 season after he was traded by the Wizards on draft night. In July 2016, he was re-signed by the Lakers for a four-year contract extension of $50 million over the entire period.
In his 273 games with the Los Angeles Lakers, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.3 setbacks, and 2.9 assists. Jordan Clarkson, known for his goal from the bank, is currently playing for his third NBA franchise after being sold to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 2018. Born in San Antonio, he continues his impressive and productive efforts by playing as the team’s sixth man alongside other big names such as LeBron James.
Jordan Clarkson Parents (Mom)
Jordan Clarkson is the son of Annette Davis and Mike Clarkson. Although born and raised in the United States, Clarkson is a mixed ethnic group. While his mother is Filipino from Angeles, Pampanga, his father is an African American who worked as a Human Resources Manager for the Air Force Personnel Center. Mike Clarkson is also a basketball coach and has helped shape Jordan’s career by introducing him to the basketball world at a young age. However, Jordan was raised by his mother and grandmother on his mother’s side after his parents divorced.
He has a stepmother, Janie Clarkson. His brother Bear Clarkson, also shares the same interests and plays college basketball at Harris-Stowe State University.
Jordan Clarkson’s Girlfriend
Jordan Clarkson has had an interesting dating history with women in a list that includes various celebrities. Although some of these relationships are unconfirmed rumors, he is believed to have been with supermodel Chanel Iman in 2015, model Chantel Jeffries in 2016, television personality and model Kendall Jenner between 2016-2017, actress Bella Thorne in 2017, and model Hailey Baldwin most recently.
Jordan Clarkson’s Salary and Net Worth
In his young and thriving NBA career, Jordan Clarkson has had an exciting experience and concluded contracts from various transfers/trades. With his current contract, Jordan earns $12 million and his salary expectations are $13 million in 2019 and $13 million in 2020. He has an estimated net value of $5 million.
Height and Other Facts about Jordan
Like most professional athletes, Point Guard Clarkson has an athletic body. He stands at 6 feet 5 inches (198 cm) and weighs 194 lb. His body measurements are; chest – 43 inches (109 cm), arms / biceps – 14.5 inches (37 cm) and waist – 33 inches (84 cm).
2. He’s Proud of his Filipino Heritage
Clarkson, who has dual citizenship in the Philippines and the USA, is proud of his Philippine heritage. In 2014, he teamed up with his Lakers Guard colleague Jeremy Lin, who is Asian-American, to form the first Asian launch in the history of the NBA. Jordan has worked with labels such as Nike and NBA Cares to run basketball training camps in the Philippines and other Asian countries. In 2015, he also showed interest in playing with the Philippine men’s basketball national team. However, a schedule conflict between the LA Lakers training camp and the Philippine national team’s playoff schedule prevented this opportunity.
3. Philanthropic Endeavors
Born in San Antonio, she is committed to philanthropic causes. He has a foundation called the JC Cares Foundation, which works on projects to support the low-income sector of society. They also work with cancer foundations and other charities.
4. He’s Fashion Inclined
Clarkson once took part in photoshoots for a great designer, Fendi in Italy.