I’m mixed on Clark. He’s a good-great athlete but not long and is a tweener. 3rd highest vertical at the combine at 40.5”, but he’s undersized in every sense of the word at 6’8 with a 6’8 wingspan and 207lbs. He makes up for that with great athleticism and a high defensive IQ. He positions well and boxes out effectively. He is not a shooter yet and at 22 is one of the older prospects.
I actually like his age and maturity for us, but who is going to stretch the floor next year? He shot 24 threes in his 3 college seasons making just 6. What NBA big is Clark going to guard at 207 if he’s a rim running big for us on offense? Sure, he can guard 1-3 but NBA 4s and 5s will abuse him his first few years. JJJ needs someone to take pressure off of him on D as he’s foul proned. This pick makes signing JV even more important.
Overall, getting Clark at 21 was good value for us and I like the pick. He wouldn’t have fallen here if there weren’t some question marks about him though. If he can add 10lbs of muscle/yr, add a jump shot, then in year 3 we may have something special. This year, I’m hoping for a guy that can guard the opposing teams 3/4 and shut them down...someone who will grab offensive boards, get put backs, run out dunks, and do the dirty work. With his motor, I think that is what we picked up at 21.