The Los Angeles Lakers have endured a tough 2015-16 season but, with two wins on the spin this week including a shock result against the Golden State Warriors, fans have been treated to a glimpse of a potentially exciting future at the famous franchise.
The young Lakers trio of Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson have been instrumental in the team's back-to-back victories and, with all three players finding form, there is a renewed sense of excitement at Staples Center.
Clarkson did much to ramp up that anticipation against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night as he compiled a 24 point game. One moment in particular, a nasty crossover on the Magic's Evan Fournier, got the crowd on their feet.
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The Lakers shooting guard made his French opponent stumble to the hardwood after pulling off a very aesthetically pleasing through-the-legs dribble, much to the delight of the home crowd.
He then duly sank the three-point shot to put the icing on what was one of the plays of his young NBA career. You can watch the move via this link.
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Speaking after the Lakers' 107-98 win, the second-year star admitted his ankle-breaker on Fournier probably ranks in his 'top three' crossovers:
"I didn't know it was that bad until somebody showed me the video on Instagram, but that was probably one of my top three," said Clarkson, via spin.ph.
"I was just seeing the basket, and then I just heard the crowd so it just kinda gave me the energy to shoot it."
It was a fun moment for both the 23-year-old and the Lakers fans and it capped a memorable few days for the second round draft pick.
His 24 point, highlight reel night against Orlando came off the back of leading the way in the Lakers' upset win over the Warriors.
Putting up a game-high 25 points on Sunday night, Clarkson, alongside Russell, showed he could mix it with the best backcourt in the NBA. He actually ended the weekend game with as many made three-point shots as the entire Golden State roster.
The SG will look to keep his good run of form going on Thursday when the Lakers face another tough test, this time in the form of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
If Clarkson can play his part in helping the Lakers make it a three-game winning streak, the past five days will surely rank as the best in his young NBA career to date.
Looking ahead to the future, Lakers fans will be hoping Clarkson and his young teammates can break plenty more ankles in the weeks, months and years to come.