After coming across LukeNukem's post on 'Trades not Involving Granger', Earl Clark's name came up in a trade proposal. It was only two years ago that Larry Bird picked Hansbrough right ahead of Earl Clark, which at the time, Earl Clark pose somewhat of an interest to the Pacers during that draft for his athleticsim and size. Now Looking back at Earl Clark's progress since then, Clark has obviously been somewhat disappointing for his production in respect to his draft position. WIth that said, Earl Clark is a restricted free agent this summer since Pheonix did not renewed his rookie contract so, he can be had very cheaply (around 2-3.5mil per/3yrs should be enough for his track record) Going through Clark's bio and stats, this guy definitely has untapped potential; he draws a lot of similarity to Jermaine O'neal during his early years. Clark is very mobile, and quick for a 6-10 forward who can play both 3 and 4. Clark is a very good rebounder who uses both athletic abilities and on court awareness. Clark is also a very good defender, using both size and athleticism very similar to Al Horford!!!! All of which meets the job description the Pacers need at the PF spot as Hansbrough and Mcroberts have been inconsistant rebounders and defenders. Clark is not at all a raw player on Offense, he has the ability to put the ball on the floor and has some perimeter game, however all of which needs work and ajustment for consistancy. Of course, Clark would be a project when and if he comes to the Pacers, but at least it will be on a small risk to high reward basis. Clark would be given more playing time here in Indy than anywhere else he has been in the nba backing up Hansbrough and may even take over the 4 spot if plays better than expected, and as of right now, I think Clark could actually could fight Tyler hansbrough for the starting 4 spot since Tyler has been very inconsistant.
here's a rookie scouting report on Earl Clark.
Does Earl Clark fit the Pacer's need at the PF position this summer?
no, he has too many flaws and the Pacers need veterans (19 votes)
yes, low risk and high reward (42 votes)
Earl who? (18 votes)
79 total votes