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Brandon Clarke named NBA Summer League MVP

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The Gonzaga forward is just getting started.

2019 Las Vegas Summer League - Memphis Grizzlies v New Orleans Pelicans Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images

Former Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Brandon Clarke was named the 2019 NBA Summer League MVP. Former Summer League MVPs include Josh Hart (2018), Lonzo Ball (2017), Damian Lillard (2012), John Wall (2010), Blake Griffin (2009), and Nate Robinson (2007).

Clarke helped power the Memphis Grizzlies into the championship game, slamming home the go-ahead points last night.

Through five games, he has averaged 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game in 21.4 minutes.

Clarke was the No. 21 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, and a lot of pundits bemoaned how far he fell on draft night. His effort in the Summer League showcased why everyone is so high on Clarke. Although he is a bit undersized for his position at the NBA and he has yet to demonstrate he can consistently hit an outside shot, Clarke’s elite-level athleticism in the post makes him one of the most dangerous players in transition offense.

Clarke led the Summer League with a 34.5 PER, a slight dip from his junior year number of 39.3.

He has one more game left in the Summer League as the Grizzlies take on the Minnesota Timberwolves for the championship tonight, at 6:00 pm PT, on ESPN2.