Brandon Clarke scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Memphis Grizzlies over the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA Summer League championship game. He also dished out four assists and swatted three blocks, earning championship MVP honors.
The former Gonzaga Bulldogs forward’s NBA career has gotten off to a hot start. Yesterday, Clarke was named the overall Summer League MVP, becoming the first player to win both overall MVP honors and the championship game MVP.
Clarke’s numbers were hardly at the top of any category throughout the Summer League, but the Grizzlies have to be pleased with his results. Clarke averaged 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game, all the while shooting 55 percent from the floor.
He even demonstrated his long range shooting abilities, a nice addition to his offensive repertoire, and one he will need to implement in the NBA.
If you are a Memphis Grizzlies fan, you have to be excited for what you witnessed this summer. Granted, the NBA Summer League is hardly the top caliber competition Clarke will face in the grind of the NBA season, but it is a step up from the overall college opponents (especially WCC). Clarke not only demonstrated he fully belongs in this realm, he took ownership.
Congratulations to our favorite human pogo stick. Now take some much needed rest and we will see you when the NBA season starts.