A late addition, but nevertheless one of the most surprising performers at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, Bill Clark certainly opened some eyes with his spot shooting ability, and probably earned himself a few private workouts at the least.
Clark posted the best three-point percentage (64%) and overall field-goal percentage (65%) of anyone at the tournament, and was absolutely unconscious knocking down shots at times, going 7-for-7 to start his first game. Clark possesses excellent shooting form with a high and quick release, maintaining good balance and consistently finding his way to open spots on the floor. Clark served as Duquesne's leading scorer and offensive focal point in college, but seamlessly fit into his diminished role here, looking far more comfortable as an off-the-ball offensive cog.
Only a 38% three-point shooter in college, Clark's outburst was somewhat unexpected here, but looking deeper into the numbers at Synergy Sports Technology, there's reason to be optimistic for the future. While Clark's 1.11 points per shot on all catch-and-shoot jumpers is solid, his 1.41 PPS on unguarded jumpers is outstanding, and moving from a first to potentially fifth option should lead to a higher percentage of those.
As for the rest of Clark's offense, he isn't a great shot creator off the dribble, having just a passable handle and first step, though he doesn't force the issue often, rarely turning the ball over, and showing very nice passing ability and a solid overall feel for the game.
His straight line speed with the ball is solid and is enough to keep defenses honest, while he also gets a good amount of finishes on off-ball cuts and in transition, where he shows good body control and isn't afraid of contact. Still, from an NBA perspective, Clark's scoring skill set is fairly one-dimensional at this stage.
On the defensive end is where the biggest question marks are for Clark. He didn't consistently impress here at Portsmouth, often showing good effort to start possessions but giving up once his man got the step on him, and looking underwhelming with his lateral quickness as well. His off-ball effort and overall awareness are solid, while he does put in good on-ball possessions at times, but could have trouble with quicker 2's and bigger 3's in the NBA. In order to find a niche in the NBA, maximizing his ability on this end of the floor will be essential.
To Clark's credit, he does do a good job on the glass for a wing, showing solid pursuit and effort, but he spent a good chunk of his time playing as his team's de facto power forward this season, and it's questionable if he could replicate his production as a full-time wing.
Looking forward, if Clark's Portsmouth shooting was no fluke, he could find himself a roster spot in the NBA at some point in the future, as role playing three-point shooting wings are abundant in the NBA, but his below average athleticism, just decent size, and lack of great defensive prowess leave him fighting an uphill battle.