A Filipino American star, Jordan Clarkson is one of the popular stars of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is a professional basketball player and as at the time of this report, he plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, having made the Draft in 2014.
Since then, he has remained a significant player for the team. Having played with other clubs before making the transfer to the Cavaliers, here is all to know about his career and personal life.
Early Life and Rise to Fame
The Cavaliers guard was born on June 7, 1992, in Tampa, Florida. He was raised here for some time before his family later moved to San Antonio.
Jordan received his high school education from the Karen Wagner High School. After he was done, he proceeded to the University of Tulsa before he later transferred to the University of Missouri in 2013. His college career was significant for various accomplishments such as making the C-USA All-Freshman Team in 2011 and the First-team All-C-USA in 2012. In 2014, he made the Second-team All-SEC.
As it has obviously been pointed out, he had a very successful college career in both universities and it was because of this that he made it and got picked in the 2014 NBA Draft.
He went on to become the only second player of Filipino descent since 1978 to play in the National Basketball Association; the first was Raymond Townsend who played until 1982.
After the Washington Wizards picked him, they immediately traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers and that was where he kicked off his professional runs. At the end of his first season, he made it as one of the All-Rookie First Team of the NBA. This was even more significant because he didn’t get to play many games in the first half of the season.
Jordan remained with the team up until 2018 when he made a move to Cleveland Cavaliers after he and Larry Nance Jr. were traded for guard Isaiah Thomas and forward Channing Frye. The deal would have the Lakers have the first round pick in the 2018 Draft.
His professional career is thus far capped with achievements including the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2015, the rookie of the month in March of the same year, as well as participation in the 2016 Rising Stars Challenge.
Jordan Clarkson Parents
When Jordan was still young, his father, Mike Clarkson and his mother, Annette Davis, got a divorce. As noted, he is a Filipino American; while his father is an American (African-American), his mother, is from the Philippines.
After his parents got a divorce, his father who was in the Military decided to get married to Janie Clarkson, whom he is close to.
The Cavaliers point guard whose mother hails from Pampanga, Philippines, has pointed out that he is very proud to be half Filipino. Following the divorce of his parents, he got to be closer to his mom and grandmother who taught him more about the Filipino culture.
Even when his parents were still together, he remembered growing up in poverty. He has a brother who is known as Bear Clarkson.
Since 2015, his father has been suffering from a form of cancer known as carcinoma which affects the lower back around the spine.
His Girlfriend – Relationship with Kendall Jenner
In the past, Jordan Clarkson has been involved with a good number of women including American model, Chanel Iman, and Chantel Jeffries. He has also been rumored to have dated Bella Hadid. That stated, his most significant relationship was with Kendall Jenner whom he had dated from 2016 to 2017.
The dating rumor between the two began after they were spotted at Coachella. Though it is not clear how the two met, it is known that the basketballer has been close to models and has dated a number of them in the past. Nevertheless, Jordan and Jenner did not get to last long before they went their ways, and it was after this that he was linked to Bella Hadid. In response to the report that she was dating him, the model replied with the question “I am?”.
Linked to more women in the past than most men in a lifetime, it is not known who the basketball star is now dating.
Jordan Clarkson’s Height and Weight
The NBA star has a basketballer’s height and body weight just as one would expect of anyone playing at the professional level. He has a height of 6 ft. 5 in (1.96 m) and a weight of 194 lb (88 kg).