Ian Clark is a pro-American basketball player who plays the position of a shooting guard for the New Orleans Pelicans of the NBA. He began his professional career when he signed with the Utah Jazz as an undrafted free agent after the NBA draft of 2013. The star player has also played for other notable NBA teams including Denver Nuggets and the Golden State Warriors, among others. He led the Warriors to win the NBA championship title in 2017. Learn more about Clark below.
Ian Clark’s Bio (Age)
The NBA guard was born Ian Patrick Clark in Memphis, Tennessee on March 7, 1991. He is of African-American origin and his parents are Jon Clark (father) and his wife Shelbia Clark. He grew up in Memphis where he attended Germantown High School situated in Germantown, Tennessee. While he was there, Clark was lettered in basketball for four years. He was an above average player as well as a multi-dimensional guard for the Red Devils team.
Clark led his school team in scoring points during his last three high school seasons; thus, averaging 5.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 23 points per game. Throughout his high school basketball career, Clark was earned All-Metro Team selection three times and in his senior year; he got Tennessee All-Region Team honors. At the end of his high school career, Clark was highly rated by media sites including Rivals.com, Scout.com, and ESPN. He was the No 8 best college prospect from West Tennessee and was named the Best Shooter by 901PrepScoop.com, among others.
At the completion of his high school career at Germantown High, Ian Clark went to Belmont University where he continued playing basketball at the collegiate level. In his freshman year in 2009, the star won the Freshman Player of the Year Award after scoring 3.3 rebounds and 14.9 points per game. He also got selected to the Mid-Major Freshman All-American team and A-Sun Second Team at the end of the season.
As a sophomore, Clark led the Bruins to win the A-Sun championship title, thus, winning the Atlantic Sun Most Valuable Player of the Year Award. He was also selected to the NABC All-District 3 Second Team and All-Atlantic Sun First-team after averaging 12.2 points per game. In the 2011/12 season, he notched an average of 2.4 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 12.7 points while he was named to the A-Sun’s First team for the second time consecutively. In his final college season, Clark had an average of 2.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 18.2 points per game. At the end of his college career, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year while he was also a co-recipient of the OVC Player of the Year award.
NBA Career And Stats
During the NBA Draft of 2013, Ian Clark was not drafted because he didn’t reach the height standard for NBA shooting guard players. After the draft, he joined the Miami Heat for the NBA Summer League and later led the Golden State Warriors to win the Las Vegas Summer League. He scored a total of 33 points and was named the MVP of the League. Subsequently, Clark signed with the Utah Jazz on a two-year contract.
In the 2013/14 season, Ian Clark shared his time between the Jazz and their G-League affiliate Bakersfield Jam. In 2015, he was assigned to the Idaho Stampede and recalled in March. He was further waived by the Jazz at the end of March 2015. Afterwards, he was recruited by the Denver Nuggets and in September 2015, he signed with the Golden State Warriors.
Joining the Warriors, playing alongside Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson, among others, Clark led the team to the 2016 NBA Finals; however, they lost to the Cavaliers in seven games. Clark averaged 1.0 assist and 3.6 points per game that season. The following year, he signed a contract extension with the Warriors. For the second time consecutively, Clark led the Warriors to the NBA Finals; this time, they defeated the Cavaliers with a 4-1 record to clinch the title. He had an average of 1.2 assists and 6.8 points per game.
In August 2017, Ian Clark signed with the New Orleans Pelicans and after the 2017/18 season; he notched 1.5 assists and 7.4 points per game. In 2018, Clark was given a contract extension by the Pelicans.
Ian Clark’s Family
Ian Clark is from a loving, caring, and supportive family. His parents Jon Clark (father) and Shelbia Clark (mother) are of African-American origin. He has a younger brother named Chris Clark. Nothing much is known about his parents and his brother because Clark hasn’t shared much info about them. Similarly, he has also kept his love life away from the media; making it hard to tell if the NBA guard is in a relationship or not. Apparently, Clark enjoys keeping a low profile when it comes to his personal life. For now, his focus is on getting his career to the peak.
His Height, Weight, And Other Facts About The NBA Star
- He joined the Golden State Warriors in 2015 and won the NBA championship title with the team in 2017.
- Clark won the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League MVP with the Golden State Warriors.
- He signed a deal with the Utah Jazz as an undrafted free agent after the 2013 NBA draft.
- His height is regarded as too small for an NBA shooting guard.
- Clark won the Ohio Valley Conference Defnsive Player Award in 2013.
- Ian Clark stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m). He weighs 175 pounds – 97 kg.