Mar 20, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Belmont Bruins guard Ian Clark (21) smiles as he answers a question during the press conference the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Utah Jazz: Jazz Sign Summer League MVP

Jazz Sign Summer League MVP

Broox Anderson

RICHFIELD, UT—12:06 PM—Oh how ironic, Ian Clark (above) takes questions at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City before the second round of the NCAA tournament this past year. An undrafted product out of Belmont, Clark raised collective NBA brows at his stellar Summer League play. Little did he know, he would wind up there in his rookie season.

He torched the Jazz in Orlando SL, playing for Miami’s squad, going for 15 points on 5-9 FGs (3-4 3P) and 3 rebounds off the bench in his first Summer League game. He went on to average 16.4 points and 2.2 steals to lead his team in the Orlando Summer League.

Switching to the bigger Las Vegas Summer League, Clark upped his game even more while switching teams and landing on the Warriors’ squad. The Dubs made it to the Summer League championship, where Ian Clark went off for 33 points on 12-19 FGs (7-10 3P). He also contributed two rebounds and two assists in the championship game and was named the MVP.

After accumulating huge interest around the league and internationally, the Jazz, according to ESPN, went aggressively at Clark with a two-year deal sporting lots of guaranteed money. Also according to ESPN, Clark was promised he will have the opportunity to play big minutes on the floor this year.

Ian Clark will go into fall training camp behind Alec Burks and Brandon Rush at the SG position.

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Broox Anderson
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  • Eli

    Ironic? I don’t think that means what you think it means.

    • Broox Anderson

      Ironic: Happening in the opposite way to what is expected, thus typically causing wry amusement.

      Did you expect Ian Clark to be playing for the team in the very arena he was attending a press conference at? Didn’t think so. Thus, ironic.

      • Eli

        I also don’t expect to have dinner with grandma. If she were to stop by with a pizza, there would be no irony. Irony is more like a MMA fighter named Tiny. Because he fights for a living, we presume masculinity, not cuteness. Nothing about a Utah press conference would lead me to believe that he couldn’t/wouldn’t play here.

        • Broox Anderson

          Your perception of irony is far too narrow. Irony is far more encompassing than “a[n] MMA fighter named Tiny.” Yes, that’s irony. No, it’s not the only form of irony. Simply because my description of irony doesn’t match your specific example, hardly dismisses it as not being wryly amusing, a role reversal, or an opposite occurrence.

        • Broox Anderson

          Ian Clark is showing a role reversal as an NCAA athlete being signed to a professional basketball team, and it is wryly amusing that he is pictured in his future arena BECAUSE of the role reversal he was subject to and the time and place the photo was taken. That’s more a less a detailed description of why this is ironic. It’s alright. Some people don’t get it.