Kevin Love and Darius Garland offer hyped reactions to Jordan Clarkson winning Sixth Man of the Year award

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Kevin Love and Darius Garland offered congratulations to former Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson after he was named this season’s winner of the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award.

Jordan Clarkson and Darius Garland

Jordan Clarkson and Kevin Love

Clarkson was acquired by the Cavaliers in February 2018 as part of the huge trade deadline deal that also brought Larry Nance Jr.

With the Cavaliers facing the prospect of losing Clarkson in free agency, he was traded to the Utah Jazz in December 2019 in exchange for Dante Exum and a pair of future draft picks.

During the 2020-21 season, Clarkson saw action in 68 regular season contests for the Jazz, coming off the bench in all but one of those games.

For the year, Clarkson averaged 18.4 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game and helped the Jazz finish with the best regular season record at 52-20.

Though Garland and Clarkson only played together for a couple of months in Cleveland, it looks as thought the two have a close relationship. Garland put in a fantastic sophomore season this year, and he looks to be shaping into the kind of player the Cavs envisioned when they selected him in 2019.

Love was with Clarkson during his entire stint with the Cavs. More recently, the veteran has continued to be plagued by injuries. Love hopes to fashion a comeback next season, the third year of his massive-four year contract with the Cavs.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.