The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) praised the Utah Jazz’s Filipino-American guard Jordan Clarkson for winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.
The Filipino basketball federation finally got to experience Clarkson’s talents and skills when the then-Cleveland Cavalier donned the Gilas jersey during the 2018 Asian Games. During that unforgettable stint, the 6-foot-4 guard averaged eye-popping numbers of 26.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and a steal while shooting 46% from the field and 39% from beyond the arc.
SBP president Al Panlilio praised Clarkson’s feat, saying all that he showed during his Gilas stint was just a prelude of what was going to happen in the years to come.
“In his short and sweet stint with Gilas Pilipinas, Jordan Clarkson showed us not only his world-class talent, but also gave us a glimpse of the hard work and dedication necessary to get to that level,” said Panlilio in a statement.
“Getting a front-row look at Jordan during the Asian Games made us all believers that he will accomplish great things in the NBA,” he added.
And what great things Clarkson did accomplish this season for the Jazz, who he helped lead to the league’s best regular season record. Showing his microwave scoring skills on a nightly basis, Clarkson averaged a career-high 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.7 minutes in 68 games.
“Congratulations on winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award, Jordan. The SBP and the entire Philippine basketball community is proud of you,” Panlilio said.
“Once Gilas, always Gilas.” (JNP)