According to the Associated Press, Phoenix Suns rookie Earl Clark has been sent down to the D-League. Clark was the 14th overall pick in last year’s draft, but hasn’t gotten off to a particularly quick start in the NBA, averaging 2.7 points per game on 35.5% shooting from the field. Clark has appeared in 45 games for the Suns this season, and has managed to score in double figures on three occasions. February was a particularly tough month for Clark, who went 2-13 from the field over the course of the month without getting to the line once.
Clark is a fantastic athlete with a 7′ 2′ wingspan, but the Louisville product is still trying to find where he fits in an NBA offense. Clark is neither a banger or a true “stretch” forward, and his tweener skill set has made it tough for him to be productive so far. About two thirds of Clark’s shots come from midrange, and Clark makes barely above 30% of his shots from those areas. The D-League is supposed to exist for players like Clark, who have more than enough talent to succeed in the NBA but haven’t quite put all the pieces yet. We’ll see if it works for Clark.