News: Lakers forward Earl Clark said he would be willing to take less money to stay in Los Angeles next season, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Clark, who will be a restricted free agent over the summer, averaged 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds on 44 percent shooting from the field over 59 games -- 36 starts -- with Los Angeles.
Analysis: Clark was forced into action with all the injuries the Lakers dealt with and was surprisingly effective as a starter. In fact, Clark averaged 9.0 points and 6.8 rebounds over his 36 starts and posted six double-doubles over that span. The 25-year-old will likely draw some interest over the summer, so it will be interesting to see how things play out. However, no matter what happens, Clark will only have value if he lands a starting job somewhere.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark finished scoreless for the second straight contest on Wednesday night against the Timberwolves. He missed all three of his attempts from the field, including one from beyond the arc, in the 120-117 win. Clark posted four rebounds and two assists while playing 13 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Clark has scored a combined nine points in the previous four games and has made just 4 of 15 shots (27 percent) during that stretch. The return of Pau Gasol has lessed his role in Los Angeles and it looks as though his days of be a reliable option in Fantasy are over. Leave the 25-year-old for the deepest of formats down the stretch.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was able to play Friday against the Pacers, despite suffering a sprained ankle in the team's previous game. Clark played 28 minutes in the game, scoring eight points on 3 of 6 shooting. He added a three-pointer, as well as six rebounds and two assists. Clark filled up the box score with a steal and a block as well, helping the short-handed Lakers to a 99-93 win.
Analysis: Clark's role has been shrinking recently, as he was averaging just 19.4 minutes per game in the team's previous game. Pau Gasol is expected to return within the next few days, which would severely limit Clark's value moving forward. Clark took Gasol's spot in the starting lineup, but Gasol is expected to return to the starting lineup when he gets healthy. Clark was averaging just 3.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game as a reserve, so Fantasy owners should not expect much from him down the stretch, once Gasol returns.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark (ankle) is expected to play during Friday's contest against the Pacers, reports ESPN. Clark, who sprained his right ankle during Los Angeles' loss to the Hawks on Wednesday, was able to participate in the team's morning shootaround.
Analysis: Clark has been trended down during the second half of the season as he has failed to score in double figures in eight of his 11 games following the All-Star break. That trend may continue moving forward as Pau Gasol is expected back in matter of days and is expected to start once he returns. Consider Clark more of a low-end option in deeper formats at this point in the season.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark suffered a sprained right ankle during Wednesday's game against Atlanta, a game that also saw Kobe Bryant injured. Clark underwent X-rays, which came back negative, and expects to play on Friday against Indiana. Clark played just 13 minutes and scored four points with three rebounds before suffering the injury. He is day to day.
Analysis: The Lakers lost Bryant for what could be a decent chunk of time but thankfully Clark believes he'll be in there next game. Stay tuned for more on that. Clark has come back down to earth of late and is a decent Fantasy option in deeper formats, when healthy.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark turned in another underwhelming performance during Tuesday's contest against the Magic. Clark, who spent almost two season in Orlando, finished with just six points in the 106-97 win. He went 2 of 5 from the field -- with both of his makes coming from downtown -- and also added four rebounds, one block and one steal to his stat line, while logging 21 minutes off the bench.
Analysis: Clark has struggled to get his numbers following the All-Star break as he has now failed to score in double figures in seven of his 11 games. He is averaging 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds over that span, which is a far cry from the 12.3 points and 8.5 rebounds he posted in the 11 games prior to that. While Clark continues to see starts, owners should consider him merely a low-end option as he appears to be trending downwards.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark recorded his first double-double since Feb. 20 on Tuesday night against the Thunder. He scored 13 points and hauled in 11 rebounds -- with five coming on the offensive glass. Clark also posted an assist and a block in the 122-105 loss. He went 3 for 8 from the floor, including 1 for 2 from downtown, and made 6 of 8 free throws while playing 30 minutes.
Analysis: Clark entered Tuesday averaging just 7.2 points with 4.6 rebounds in the previous five contests so it was good to see him get back on track. He continues to start with Pau Gasol sidelined so hopefully this performance will help him going forward. Clark has been a pleasant surprise in Fantasy thus far so keep the 25-year-old active in deeper formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark turned in another underwhelming stat line during Sunday's contest against the Hawks. Clark finished with just seven points in the 99-98 win on 3 of 6 shooting from the field. He did make his lone attempt from behind the arc and added seven rebounds and one assist to his stat line, while logging 20 minutes of game action.
Analysis: For the first time since cracking the starting lineup, Clark is starting to show some slippage as he has now failed to score in double figures in each of his last four games. The 25-year-old is still shooting 48 percent from the field during his lull, but has been losing minutes to the suddenly hot Antawn Jamison. While Clark will continue to see starts moving forward, owners may want to wait until he picks up his production a bit before getting him active again.
News: Lakers small forward Earl Clark was able to shake off a finger injury suffered Friday and earned the start Sunday afternoon against the Mavericks. Clark was unable to get going offensively as he went 3 of 5 shooting from the field. He finished with six points and six rebounds in a 103-99 victory. He also chipped in with two assists and a steal while logging 29 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Clark has been a bit banged up as of late as he was held under 10 points scoring for the second time in the last four games. He is averaging 8.8 points and 8.5 rebounds per game while shooting 40.5 percent shooting from the field over that span. He has been a bit inconsistent since joining the starting rotation for the injured Pal Gasol, especially as of late. Fantasy owners should leave him for deeper formats moving forward.
News: Lakers small forward Earl Clark (finger), who suffered an injury on Friday against Portland, will play Sunday at Dallas, reports the L.A. Times Saturday. Clark hurt his pinkie finger and had to pop it back into place during the game.
Analysis: Clark is tough and he's going to play through his finger issue. He's been a little banged up of late, but has otherwise played extremely well for the Lakers. Clark is averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the month of February, and remains a solid Fantasy option in deeper formats, when healthy.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark injured his finger late in Fridays game against the Trail Blazers, as he sprained his left pinky while attempting to defend a shot. He had the finger heavily wrapped after he game, but there is no indication of the severity. Clark injured himself on one of the games final possessions, after scoring 11 points on 4 of 8 shooting in 30 minutes. He added five rebounds, in a 111-107 win.
Analysis: Clark is just getting over a foot injury, but he was able to play through that injury, so this should not prove to be too serious. We will keep an eye on it, however, as the Lakers have simply had terrible luck with injuries this season. Clark is averaging 12.4 points and 9.0 rebounds per game in the month of February, and remains a solid Fantasy option in deeper formats, when healthy.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was able to play through a right foot injury Tuesday night against the Suns. Clark turned in a decent performance as he went 4 of 11 shooting from the field, including 1 of 3 from downtown, and 2 of 3 from the free throw line. He finished with 11 points, four rebounds and an assist while logging 28 minutes of game action in a 91-85 victory.
Analysis: Clark had an MRI, X-ray and CT-scan all come back negative before Tuesday's game, which is a sigh of relief for Fantasy owners. He will play one more game on Thursday against the Clippers before the All-Star break, which would give him more than enough time to rest his foot. Clark has played extremely well since being inserted into coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation and has averaged 15.3 points and 7.7 rebounds over his last three games. Fantasy owners should continue to view him as a low-end starting option in most formats for now.
News: An MRI, X-ray and CT-scan all taken of Lakers forward Earl Clark's sore right foot came back negative and he is expected to be in the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest against the Suns, according to the team's official website. Clark is averaging 11.6 points and 8.8 rebounds over his 16 starts this year.
Analysis: Clark apparently sustained the injury sometime during the Heat game, but he logged 42 minutes in the loss and did not mention it at all afterwards. However, it appears his injury is not being considered serious and he will play through it moving forward. Clark has played extremely well since being inserted into coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation and he has posted two straight double-doubles. Consider the 24-year-old a viable low-end start in most formats when healthy.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark missed the team's shootaround Tuesday and will undergo an MRI on his sore right foot, the Los Angeles Daily News reports. Clark, the latest Lakers player to be sidelined with an injury, is considered questionable for Tuesday's game at Phoenix.
Analysis: Clark reported no problems with his foot after logging 42 minutes against Miami on Sunday so the development appears to be a new issue. He has posted double figures in each of the past two games while connecting on at least 47 percent of his attempts in that span. Fantasy owners should monitor his status as his availability is unlikely to be determined until just before tip-off Tuesday night.
News: Lakers small forward Earl Clark continued to start on Sunday in Miami and continued to play extremely well in a defeat. Clark scored 18 points to lead all Lakers not named Kobe Bryant. He shot 8 for 17 from the field and went 1 for 3 from 3-point range over 41 minutes. Clark grabbed nine rebounds and added a block, steal and assist.
Analysis: Clark has scored 14 or more points in four of his last five games and is averaging 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds per night over that span. That comes with 1.4 blocks and almost a 3-pointer per game. He's really playing well right now for the Lakers filling in for Pau Gasol and that will continue after the All-Star break. Clark can be active in all Fantasy formats.
News: Lakers small forward Earl Clark had another outstanding performance during Tuesday's win in Brooklyn. Clark scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for yet another double-double over 41 minutes on the floor. Clark was 6 of 9 from the field and added a block and a steal in the superb performance.
Analysis: Clark has now recorded three straight double-doubles and has four in his last five games. He's averaging almost 14 points and 10.4 rebounds per game over that span with a block, steal and 1.4 3-pointers per night as well. Clark is playing like a must-own Fantasy option right now and that is how he should be viewed.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark played a solid role as a starter in Sunday's win at Detroit. Clark recorded another double-double as he scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds over 42 minutes. He added two blocked shots in the performance. Clark went 6 for 11 from the field and hit a 3-pointer for the Lakers. He also recorded two steals and an assist.
Analysis: Clark has three double-doubles in his last four games since joining the starting lineup for the Lakers. He's averaging 13.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.0 steals, 1.6 3-pointers and almost a block per game over his last five. Clark is playing well enough for usage in many deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark had his second-best scoring performance of the season on Tuesday night against the Hornets. He finished with 20 points and hauled in 12 rebounds in the 111-106 win. It was his fourth double-double of January. Clark was an efficient 8 of 11 from the field, which included going 4 for 5 from beyond the arc. He also posted four assists while playing 35 minutes in the victory.
Analysis: Clark posted his second 20-point performance of the season Tuesday and restored some confidence in owners after he went through a bit of a slump. He is averaging 12.2 points with 7.8 rebounds on 50 percent shooting in the previous five contests and has made 54 percent of his 3-pointers during that stretch. The 25-year-old has become a viable option in Fantasy in his first season in Los Angeles so keep Clark active in deeper formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark netted 11 points and four rebounds during Los Angeles' 105-96 win over Oklahoma City on Sunday. Clark finished 5 of 9 from the field and connected on his lone 3-point attempt as he finished with 11 points for the second time in the past three games. He is now 5 for 9 from downtown over his previous seven outings. Clark also contributed a steal in 23 minutes of playing time.
Analysis: Clark has maintained a spot in the starting lineup for the Lakers, but his minutes have started to take a hit with Pau Gasol re-emerging as a capable offensive threat off the bench and eating into his playing time. Clark has failed to top 30 minutes in each of the past two outings and he's logged just 50 total minutes in that span. Los Angeles coach Mike D'Antoni still likes Clark in the starting five, but he will have to improve his production to preserve that spot. Consider him a quality option in deeper Fantasy formats for now.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was back in the starting lineup Monday against the Bulls, and from the sound of it, he could become a permanent fixture. Prior to the game, coach Mike DAntoni told reporters that Clark would be his starting power forward moving forward, with Pau Gasol moving to the bench. Clark scored 12 points in the game, on 6 of 13 shooting, while snagging eight rebounds. He added a pair of blocks in 35 minutes, in a 95-83 loss.
Analysis: It looks like Clark might actually get the lions share of the minutes as the Lakers starting power forward, as he saw nine more minutes than Gasol. Clark has gone from playing a very limited role to starter in only a few weeks time, and he might end up sticking in this role. We will need to see how the Lakers use Clark, but he is averaging 9.8 points and 9.8 rebounds per game over the last five, with 3.0 assists in 30.8 minutes. Clark is worth picking up in most deeper Fantasy formats at this time.
News: Lakers small forward Earl Clark appeared to be the best player on the team at times during Sunday's loss at Toronto. Clark saw 35 minutes in the game off the bench and went 6 of 10 from the field to score 14 points. He hit his only 3-point attempt and added 14 rebounds for the big double-double. Clark also blocked a shot and dished out two assists with a steal in the performance.
Analysis: Clark has shown the ability to score in double figures despite his 4.4 point per game average on the season. He's dropping 10 points per over his last five games and that comes with 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. As long as Clark keeps getting minutes for the Lakers, he can be used in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was able to shake off his flu-like symptoms but was held to single-digit scoring during Thursday's contest against the Heat. Clark, who made the start over Paul Gasol, only made two shots -- both from downtown -- and finished with six points and seven rebounds in a 99-90 defeat. He went 2 of 5 shooting from the field, including a perfect 2 of 2 from 3-point land, and chipped in with two assists while logging 22 minutes of game action.
Analysis: Clark was able to pick up his production earlier in January, but has since totaled just 12 points and 16 rebounds over his last two games. Since his 22-point explosion Jan. 9 against the Spurs, the 25-year-old has averaged 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds through his last four games played, which is still slightly above his seasonal average. With Paul Gasol back in the lineup, we expect Clark's minutes to take a hit, as well as his Fantasy value. Consider him a low-end Fantasy option for now.
News: The Los Angeles Daily News reports Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said forward Earl Clark missed practice Wednesday because of flu-like symptoms, but he expects him to play Thursday against the Heat.
Analysis: Clark has picked up his production since early January. He is averaging 29.2 minutes, 11.2 points and 10 rebounds per game in his last five contests. However, those games have coincided with Pau Gasol's absence from the lineup. Gasol is close to returning from a concussion, so his return will likely mean reduced minutes again for Clark. He remains a stopgap Fantasy option while he continues to produce, but don't be surprised if he loses value once Gasol returns.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark continues to take advantage of his boost in playing time. Clark, who was forced into coach Mike D'Antoni's rotation after Los Angeles' frontcourt was decimated by injuries, has averaged 15 points,10.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks over his last three games and has made 58 percent of his shots over that stretch. Ive been putting in a lot of work and to finally see it pay off feels good, Clark told the team's official website. In professional sports, guys go down and get injured, and you have to try and step up and fill their shoes. Im just trying to do the best I can and help us get some wins.
Analysis: Clark has started each of the team's last two games at power forward and may just be playing his way into a permanent fixture into D'Antoni's rotation. Of course, owners will have to see what happens once Pau Gasol returns from his concussion, but he still hasn't been cleared to play yet, which will continue to give Clark a chance to show what he can do. While he is still a bit unproven, the 24-year-old looks like a perfect fit for the Lakers new up-tempo offense and has shown the ability to score both in and out of the paint while knocking down free throws and racking up rebounds and blocks. Fantasy owners desperate for help at the forward position heading into Week 12 (Jan. 14-20) may want to think about taking a flier on Clark for the upcoming scoring period.
News: Coach Mike D'Antoni said forward Earl Clark's recent play has earned him more chances to see minutes moving forward, reports the Orange County Register. Clark, who has appeared in just four of Los Angeles' last 10 games, finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the Lakers 108-105 loss to the Spurs Wednesday night. He made nine of his 12 field-goal attempts and also added three assists to his stat line. Hopefully we found something there, DAntoni said.
Analysis: Clark hardly seen the court this season no matter who the Lakers coach has been but injuries have forced the 24-year-old into action over the past two nights. With the losses continuing to mount, D'Antoni is trying to shake things up and will apparently give Clark a chance to show what he can do over the next few weeks. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on Clark's minutes and production moving forward. If he starts to see consistent minutes, he may be worth adding as a flier in deeper formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was the team's leading rebounder in Tuesday's loss at Houston. Playing with Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard both out with injuries, Clark saw 21 minutes and grabbed a team-high nine boards. He was 2 of 8 from the field to score five points and added three assists and a blocked shot.
Analysis: Clark has barely played at all this season but was needed to fill in Tuesday with both Howard and Gasol out. Clark could see some more time going forward, but we doubt he's going to become relevant in Fantasy formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark made his season debut Sunday against the Pistons. After missing time due to a groin injury, he played two minutes off the bench in the 108-79 win. Clark did not finish with any stats in the victory.
Analysis: Clark is expected to be one of the last men off the bench this season for the Lakers and poses minimal Fantasy value. Continue to ignore him in all formats.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark did not play in Friday's loss to the Clippers. Clark has yet to play this season and is apparently dealing with a groin injury. He is assumed day to day but there is no timetable established for his return.
Analysis: Clark is expected to be one of the last men off the bench this season for the Lakers, so even when healthy he won't have much Fantasy value. Continue to ignore him in all formats at this point in the year.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was once again ruled inactive for Wednesday's contest against the Trail Blazers due to a groin injury. Clark also sat out Tuesday's season opener but there has been official timetable announced for his return.
Analysis: Clark is expected to be one of the last men off the bench this season for the Lakers, so even when healthy he won't have much Fantasy value. Continue to ignore him in all formats at this point in the year.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark was inactive for Tuesday's series opener against the Mavericks. He has been slowed by a groin injury in recent weeks.
Analysis: Clark suffered the groin strain during the preseason and has recovered slowly. Since he will be just a seldom-used reserve for the Lakers, continue to ignore him in Fantasy.
News: Lakers forward Earl Clark (groin) was able to practice Monday for the first time in two weeks, reports the L.A. Times. Clark is questionable to play in Tuesday's season opener against Dallas.
Analysis: Clark suffered the groin strain during the preseason and has recovered slowly. He sounds iffy for the first week of the regular season but will be just a seldom-used reserve for the Lakers regardless. He is not a viable Fantasy option.
News: Lakers reserve forward Earl Clark is dealing with a left groin strain and is out indefinitely, reports the team's official site. Los Angeles is also dealing with an injury to big man Jordan Hill as the team is a bit thin up front.
Analysis: Clark played with Orlando last year and was included in the trade that brought Dwight Howard to L.A. Clark averaged 2.7 points and 2.8 rebounds per game with Orlando and doesn't figure to even produce that with the Lakers. He has very limited Fantasy value, when healthy.
News: As part of the acquisition of Dwight Howard this offseason, the Lakers also acquired forward Earl Clark and guard Chris Duhon from the Magic, in order to make the salaries in the trade match up.
Analysis: The Lakers are absolutely stacked this season, so neither Clark or Duhon is projected to be any higher than third on the depth chart. Fantasy owners should avoid both of them in all formats on Draft Day.
News: Magic forward Earl Clark, who had missed his previous two games with a sore left foot, returned to action on Friday against the Nets. He shot 1 for 2 from the floor, finishing with two points and two rebounds. Clark also added one steal in his eight minutes of action. The Magic would go on to win the game, 86-70.
Analysis: There is a good chance Clark only got into the game because it was a blowout. Even when he's 100 percent Clark is just a role player for Orlando. He should be ignored in all formats at this time.
News: Magic forward Earl Clark missed his second straight game with a sore left foot. Clark is being considered day to day by the team.
Analysis: Clark is a role player off the bench for the Magic and doesn't get much run, even when healthy. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore Clark in all formats.
News: Orlando forward Earl Clark missed shootaround on Tuesday with a sore left foot, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Clark saw a doctor and missed the night's game against the Heat. He is day to day and questionable for Wednesday at San Antonio.
Analysis: Clark shot baskets on Monday and felt the discomfort at that time. Clark played 25 minutes against the Pacers on Sunday and scored six points with three rebounds. Not a major member of the rotation, Clark has low-end Fantasy value.
News: Orlando forward Earl Clark, who missed Wednesday's shootaround with an illness, was able to take the court versus New Jersey that night. He saw 11 minutes of court time, going 1 for 3 from the floor. He finished with two points, five rebounds and one assist for the Magic. Orlando would go on to win the game, 108-91.
Analysis: Clark doesn't get that much playing time for the Magic as he's a role player off the bench. He entered Wednesday averaging 2.2 points per game. Even though he's a solid rebounder, Clark holds minimal Fantasy value and can be left on waivers.
News: Coach Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel that Earl Clark and Hedo Turkoglu, who both missed Wednesday's morning shootaround with illnesses, are both going to play Wednesday at New Jersey.
Analysis: Clark is averaging a career-low 2.2 points per game in 2011-12. He is just a bench player for the Magic and has minimal Fantasy appeal when active.
News: The Orlando Sentinel reports Magic forward Earl Clark is battling an illness, leaving his status for Wednesday's game against the Nets up in the air.
Analysis: Clark is averaging a career-low 2.2 points per game in 2011-12. He is a bench player for the Magic and has minimal Fantasy appeal when active.
News: Magic forward Earl Clark grabbed five boards in just nine minutes of action on Wednesday night against the 76ers. He scored just one bucket in the contest. Orlando would go on to win the game, 103-87. After the game, coach Stan Van Gundy was impressed with Clark's aggressiveness on the glass in such a short amount of time.
Analysis: Clark entered Wednesday averaging just 2.5 points and 2.5 boards per game on the year. Van Gundy also said Clark will have to step up heading into the All-Star break with the Magic going through a grueling stretch of games. Despite getting his coach's praise, Clark doesn't do enough consistently to warrant much Fantasy attention. Continue to ignore him.
News: Magic F Earl Clark put up his best game of the season on Friday, scoring eight points and grabbing five rebounds both season highs as the Magic defeated the Cavaliers 102-94. Clark played 23 minutes in the game, shooting 3 of 9 from the field with a steal.
Analysis: Clark is starting to see more time on the court recently, averaging 15.2 minutes per game over the last five games, as the Magic have needed some depth in their front court. Despite that, he is still largely a non-factor in their offense and should not be relied on in any Fantasy format at this point.
News: Magic F Earl Clark is starting to turn his season around in his last few games, scoring five points in back-to-back games, both season highs. On Thursday, Clark scored his five on 2 of 3 shooting in 12 minutes, the first time all season that he has made more than half of his shot attempts. He also grabbed four rebounds and blocked a shot in the 91-83 loss to the Celtics.
Analysis: Clark is starting to see more time on the court recently, averaging 9.3 minutes per game over the last five games, as the Magic have needed some depth in their front court. Despite that, he is still largely a nonfactor in their offense and should not be relied on in any Fantasy format at this point.
News: Magic forward Earl Clark got nine minutes of court time on Wednesday night against the Spurs. Playing for a third time in three nights, Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy dipped into his bench. Clark didn't do much with his playing time though as he finished with two points and four rebounds. The Magic would lose to the Spurs, 85-83, in overtime.
Analysis: Clark has played a total of 16 minutes over Orlando's last five games -- actually getting on the court in three outings. He's merely an extra body on the bench and does not have a big role with the team. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore Clark in all formats.
News:Earl Clark signed a one-year deal with Zhejiang Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. The contract does not include an out-clause for him to return to the NBA once the lockout is resolved.
Analysis: Clark, who averaged just 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds last season, was not likely to be in position for much playing time in the NBA this season. He will not be a factor in the NBA until at least the 2012-13 season, but is not a player we deem worthy of stashing in any keeper format.
News: Magic forward Earl Clark's rookie contract expires during the summer, making him a free agent. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Clark said he would like to stay with the Magic next season. Its been a good experience for me, coming to a team that accepted me with open arms. I look forward to staying here and building it with the team. I dont want to play anywhere else," Clark said. Clark averaged 3.9 points and 2.4 rebounds this year in his 42 games of action.
Analysis: Clark got some playing time once he joined the Magic back in December, but not much. He averaged just 11 minutes an outing and was used late in quarters. Clark was part of the trade that sent Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus to the Suns. Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu also joined Orlando with Clark in the trade. With Clark's status for the 2011-12 season up in the air, he's not a player to target on Draft Day this fall.
News: After failing to see 20 minutes in a single game through January, Magic F Earl Clark has played at least 22 in four games in February. The Orlando Sentinel reports that he may see more playing time with the Magic for his defensive prowess, a skill that Clark says was ignored during his time in Phoenix. When asked why he was on the bench so much, he responded: "I couldn't get an answer. I thought I was one of the best defenders on the team." Despite being "baffled" by the lack of opportunity with the Suns, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy met with Clark to tell him that he could become a defensive force in due time.
Analysis: Clark has an athletic 6-10 body, but his shooting has been questionable at best. On the defensive end, he's averaging more than four rebounds and nearly a block per game in February in just over 17 minutes of action. While the sample size is small, the Magic need another power forward to emerge as a defensive force to pair with dominating center Dwight Howard and viable starter Brandon Bass. Clark may be the guy. If he is, Fantasy owners should expect a bit more playing time for the former Louisville Cardinal, but his value wouldn't increase much with the lack of offense. Continue to ignore him in all leagues, though it's a situation worth keeping an eye on.
News: Magic F Earl Clark had his finest scoring performance of the year on Friday night against the Hornets. He dropped 14 points and blocked three shots in the 99-93 loss. He was 5 of 9 from the field and converted 4 of 5 free throws while playing 26 minutes off the bench. Clark also had one rebound and an assist in the defeat.
Analysis: Clark has seen some increased playing time of late and has been able to make the most of it. He is averaging 10 points with 5.2 rebounds and one block over his last five contests, all while seeing 21 minutes per game. Orlando does not have the deepest bench in the league and they will probably continue to go with Clark as long as he is playing well. But since his production has come in a small sample size, continue to view the 22-year-old as a low-end Fantasy option.
News: With a couple of big-men dealing with injuries, Magic forward Earl Clark has seen more playing time in the last four games -- logging at least 14 minutes in each. However on Tuesday, he saw a season-high 22 minutes against the Clippers. Clark took advantage, scoring 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting, adding three rebounds in the process. Clark also assisted on one basket in the 101-85 victory.
Analysis: Clark has scored 10 points in two of the last three games, and notched eight in the other. While the numbers aren't gaudy, they are becoming consistent for a guy who scored in double-figures just twice all yea prior to the last week. Still, a week is a small sample size, especially once the injuries heal in the frontcourt for Orlando. The effort from Clark has to earn him more time than normal though. If he continues to contribute this well off of the bench, Clark could be worth a flier in deeper Fantasy formats.
News: Magic forward Earl Clark got into Thursday's contest against the Heat early as Ryan Anderson picked up two quick fouls. Clark logged 14 minutes for Orlando, but wouldn't contribute much offensively. The second-year forward shot 1 for 5 from the floor and missed his lone 3-point attempt, finishing with two points. He added three rebounds for the Magic. Clark was one of the many players that coach Stan Van Gundy used to try to stop LeBron James, but nothing seemed to work as he went off for a season-high 51 points. The Heat would go on to beat the Magic, 104-100.
Analysis: Since joining the Magic back in December, Clark has seen sporadic minutes. With a limited supply of big men, Van Gundy was forced into using Clark more on Thursday. Van Gundy has said he thinks Clark will be a good player and is talented, but he just needs time to fine tune his game. For now, Fantasy owners should ignore Clark in all formats. He's just not ready to be an impact player for the Magic.
News: Orlando SF Earl Clark scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds on Friday in 18 minutes on the floor. Clark had seen just one minute of run in his previous three games and often doesn't get into the game for the Magic. It doesn't get him down, in fact, when that happens he goes into the gym and shoots 100 shots, reports the Orlando Sentinel. Just gotta stay ready, Clark says. After Friday, coach Stan Van Gundy had high praise for Clark. Earl is going to be a really good player, Van Gundy said. I think that offensively he is very talented, hes quick, he can shoot the ball, and he can put it on the floor. He is a very hard-working guy. Hes the first in here every day, and he is here on off days.
Analysis: All that Vandy Gundy said above taken into account, Clark's minutes will still be restricted and often not there at all. The Magic are a veteran team and Clark is just a seldom-used backup. His Fantasy value remains low for Orlando.
News: Orlando SF Earl Clark debuted with his new team on Tuesday against Dallas. Clark, who did not play in Atlanta on Monday when Jason Richardson, Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas debuted, saw 13 minutes on Tuesday in the loss. He shot 3 for 3 from the field and scored six points. His three field goals were as many as Turkoglu and Arenas had combined over a combined 57 minutes on the floor.
Analysis: Clark is not expected to see enough minutes for the Magic to matter in Fantasy play. It was just a coincidence that he looked better than the other three guys the Magic pulled in their recent trade. Clark only has low-end Fantasy value.
News: The Orlando Sentinel reports that Gilbert Arenas, Earl Clark, Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu are all set to make their debut on Monday night against the Hawks after undergoing their physicals. With the players traded to Phoenix having taken their physicals in Phoenix earlier in the day, they have been made eligible to play on Monday night.
Analysis: Clark was averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for the Suns over 8.0 minutes in nine contests. He has no Fantasy value at this time and should be left off Fantasy rosters.
News: The Orlando Magic traded for SF Earl Clark of the Suns on Saturday, along with Gilbert Arenas of the Wizards and Jason Richardson and Hedo Turkoglu of the Suns, league sources confirmed to CBSSports.com. The Magic give up Vince Carter, Marcin Gortat and Mickael Pietrus to the Suns. Orlando also sends a 2011 first-round pick and cash to Phoenix and acquires Arenas from Washington for Rashard Lewis, the sources said.
Analysis: Clark was averaging 3.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game for the Suns over 8.0 minutes in nine contests. He has no Fantasy value at this time, despite his switch in uniform colors.
News: Phoenix forward Earl Clark played in his fourth game of the year on Thursday against Orlando. With the Suns dealing with some injuries Clark saw his most extensive court time. He logged 16 minutes, shooting 5 for 9 from the field and knocking down both his foul shots. The second-year forward finished with 12 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds. He added two assists in Phoenix's 87-105 loss to Orlando.
Analysis: Despite Clark having a nice game for the Suns, he doesn't play that often. And when he does play, he normally doesn't have this much of an impact. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore the former Louisville Cardinal in all formats at this time.
News: The Suns recalled rookie forward Earl Clark from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League, where he averaged 20.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while playing 34.3 minutes in three games.
Analysis: Clark is not expected to see many minutes in the NBA rotation. Leave him off Fantasy rosters until his situation changes.
News: The Phoenix Suns have assigned first-round draft pick Earl Clark to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. The 6-foot-10 Clark was the 14th overall pick in the draft out of Louisville but has not been part of Phoenix's regular rotation. He has appeared in 45 games, averaging 2.7 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.6 minutes per contest.
Analysis: Clark scored a career-best 14 points on Nov. 27 against Minnesota. However, he did not play a significant role while up with the big team and is not worth owning in Fantasy.
News: Suns F Earl Clark saw just two minutes of playing time Monday against Denver. He is averaging just 7.8 minutes in 41 appearances this season.
Analysis: Clark is averaging just 2.6 points per game and is not a viable Fantasy option. Unless his role changes dramatically, which is unlikely, he won't be helping Fantasy owners much.
News: Phoenix rookie small forward Earl Clark recorded a new career high as he had just his second career game in double digits on Friday in a win at Minnesota. Clark scored 14 points in 13 minutes off the bench. He shot a perfect 6 of 6 from the field.
Analysis: Clark didn't add anything Fantasy owners would care about in the game. It looks like he could have upside in his corner but not much else for the time being. Leave him on waivers.
News: Suns SF Earl Clark got his most playing time yet Thursday at the Lakers. He nearly recorded his first double-double in the process, finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds.
Analysis: The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Clark averaged a team-best 14.2 points and team-leading 8.7 rebounds as a junior last season at Louisville. The Suns used a first-round pick on him, but he doesn't have a significant role in the rotation right now and only got so many minutes Thursday because the game was a blowout. Leave him on waivers in Fantasy.
News: First-round draft pick Earl Clark has signed a contract with the Phoenix Suns. Terms of the deal were not disclosed Friday, but under the NBA rookie salary scale Clark could make about $1.47 million in his first year as the 14th overall pick. The 21-year-old Clark is expected to play for the Suns' NBA Summer League team beginning next week in Las Vegas.
Analysis: The 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward averaged a team-best 14.2 points and team-leading 8.7 rebounds as a junior last season at Louisville. The Suns had been impressed by Clark's defensive ability and versatility. The team also re-signed Grant Hill on Friday, which could limit Clark's minutes as a rookie. He is a solid rebounder and is athletic enough to run the floor with the Suns, however and is a sleeper for deep leagues this fall.
News: The Suns selected forward Earl Clark with the 14th pick in Thursday's NBA Draft. Clark averaged 14.2 points as a junior last season with Louisville.
Analysis: Clark could find himself playing significant minutes if the team fails to bring back Grant Hill and/or Matt Barnes in the offseason. He is a solid rebounder and is athletic enough to run the floor with the Suns. Consider him a sleeper in deep leagues this fall.