3 reasons why the Milwaukee Bucks should trade for Jordan Clarkson

Mar 14, 2022; Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports
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Milwaukee Bucks: Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Utah Jazz: Jordan Clarkson, Royce O'Neale
Oct 31, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports /

Jordan Clarkson would immediately help improve the Milwaukee Bucks’ lack of consistent bench scoring

Primarily due to Bobby Portis having to play most of the season as a starter, the Milwaukee Bucks ranked 27th in bench points per game last season, per NBA.com/stats. Obviously, they would like to bump that number up a few ticks next season, and although Portis returning to the bench could help in that regard, adding a scoring guard like Clarkson could make the second unit even stronger on the offensive end.

Over the last three seasons, Clarkson has started in just four of his 189 regular season contests as a member of the Utah Jazz, and he has been solid. The 2020-21 Sixth Man of the Year has put up a solid 16.8 points per game in that timeframe, having given Utah a sizeable boost on the offensive side of things nightly. He could give the Bucks the same lift if given the opportunity, forming a lethal one-two punch offensively alongside Portis. Having that duo alongside Swiss Army Knives in Pat Connaughton and MarJon Beauchamp and Clarkson’s old teammate Joe Ingles would help lessen Milwaukee’s lingering bench concerns from a season ago.

Fans have argued that Clarkson would not fit in well with the Bucks due to his lack of a consistent shot from behind the arc. The guard has knocked down just 33.8 percent of his triples on 5.3 tries per contest throughout his career, which is less than ideal for a team like Milwaukee that relies so heavily on outside shooting. However, at some point, perimeter shooting cannot be the end all be all when it comes to potential targets for the Bucks. After last season, it was clear that the Bucks could have used a microwave scorer off the bench with or without a 3-point shot, and Clarkson is someone who fits the mold.