Ian Clark

 

Ian Patrick Clark (born March 7, 1991) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball at Belmont University. As a senior, he was the 2012–13 Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Year with Murray State’s Isaiah Canaan. Clark was third in the nation in three-point field goal shooting percentage and led the Bruins to the conference championship in the school’s first year as an OVC member. In July 2013, Clark signed a two-year contract with the Jazz after his performance at the Las Vegas Summer League impressed numerous teams.

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Clark signed to play in both NBA Summer Leagues, for the Miami Heat and then for the Golden State Warriors. He subsequently won the Most Valuable Player of the Las Vegas Summer League championship game as he led the Warriors with 33 points, helping them defeat the Phoenix Suns 91–77. On July 29, Clark signed a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz after his performance in Las Vegas impressed numerous teams.

On December 14, 2013, Clark was assigned to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League. He was recalled by the Jazz on December 21, reassigned on January 4, and recalled again on January 13.

On February 24, 2015, Clark was assigned to the Idaho Stampede. On March 17, he was recalled by the Jazz. On March 26, he was waived by the Jazz.

On September 25, 2015, Clark signed with the Golden State Warriors. On December 30, 2015, he scored a then career-high 21 points in a 114–91 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. On April 13, 2016, the Warriors broke the single season record with 73 wins, eclipsing the 72 wins set by the 1995–96 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors made it to the 2016 NBA Finals after overcoming a 3–1 deficit to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals to win the series in seven games. Clark made his first appearance in the NBA Finals during a Game 1 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Warriors were defeated by the Cavaliers in seven games.

On July 8, 2016, Clark re-signed with the Warriors. On November 1, 2016, he scored a career-high 22 points in a 127–104 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. He topped that mark on December 17, 2016, scoring 23 points in a 135–90 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. On March 11, 2017, Clark set a new career high with 36 points in a 107–85 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. The Warriors finished the season as the first seed in the West with a 67–15 record. Following a 129–115 victory in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals over the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors reached their third straight NBA Finals series while becoming the first team in league history to start the playoffs 12–0. Clark won his first championship with the Warriors following their with a 4–1 series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Finals. The Warriors finished the playoffs with a 16–1 record, the best postseason winning percentage in NBA history.

Clark won an NBA Championship with the Warriors in 2017.

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Career highlights and awards
NBA champion (2017)
AP Honorable Mention All-American (2013)
OVC Co-Player of the Year (2013)
OVC Defensive Player of the Year (2013)
First-team All-OVC (2013)
2× First-team All-Atlantic Sun (2011, 2012)
Second-team All-Atlantic Sun (2010)
Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year (2010)

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