Playing Jordan Clarkson anymore this season will just further hurt his value

The Utah Jazz should just sit Jordan Clarkson.
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It's time to sit with Jordan Clarkson. The team can't afford to continue down this path. After watching Clarkson go 0-7 from the floor in his first game back, we've seen all we need to see from him. He's not getting better, he's just getting worse. While I don't agree, I do understand the rationale of playing guys who are young and who aren't good, as you hope that they can get better.

Yet, the Utah Jazz head coach has played Clarkson all year, despite never being truly good enough to warrant this level of usage. He's been so bad that Talen Horton-Tucker (.391) is shooting almost as well as Clarkson (.413) from the floor, and is actually a better three-point shooter as well. When that's where you've fallen, it's time to consider going in a different direction.

There is no reason to think that Clarkson should be on this team next season, not even if the Jazz re-focus their plans and go into win-now mode. The Jazz can't afford his inconsistency and poor shot selection, on top of his horrid defense. Watching him run around against the Dallas Mavericks and get cooked on both sides of the court really just showcased how well done Clarkson is a player.

He may be the team's 9th best player off the bench, but he can't help the Jazz win anymore, and that's a matter of fact. So it's time to say goodbye to Clarkson right now. Fully embrace the youth movement to close out the season and send Clarkson home. Playing him will only cause two things to happen, an injury that would tank whatever value he has left, which isn't much or he'll continue to show other teams that he may not be as good as he once was.

And it may not just be a down year. He's clearly struggling to return to form, and if that's really the case, then playing him more will only give more and more teams reasons not to part ways with an asset of any value for him in a trade.

We appreciate Clarkson's tenure, but it's time to say goodbye.