Utah Jazz guard Jordan Clarkson, a Filipino-American, last week romped off with the NBA’s 2020-2021 Sixth Man of the Year laurel, in the process edging out teammate Joe Ingles and Derrick Rose of the New York Knicks.
Clarkson, 28, is the first ever Utah player to have won the prestigious title.
In his 6MOY run, the Fil-Am player whose grandmother is from Pampanga averaged 18.4 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists in 68 games, which was extremely helpful to the Jazz in becoming the top seed in the Western Conference with an NBA-best 52-20 record and home advantage in the playoffs.
Clarkson is a seven-year NBA veteran, starting his career with the Los Angeles Lakers which acquired his services in the 2014 draft.
After a five-year stint in LA, he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers which then sent him to the Jazz in 2019.