Measurements: 6' 6 (in shoes), 239 pounds, 7' 1 wingspan, and an 8' 8.5 standing reach
2015-16 D-League Per 40 Pace Adjusted Stats: 25.5 points, 11.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 3.0 turnovers, 1.9 steals and 1.0 blocks on 58.1 2P%, 40.5 3P%, and 80.3 FT% in 26 minutes per game (46 appearances).
At this time last year Coty Clarke was a virtual unknown coming off of a strong season in second division Israel with Hapoel Kazrin. The former Lawson State standout turned two-year Arkansas Razorback was invited to the Boston Celtics' training camp by Director of Scouting David Lewin with the intention of being an affiliate player for the Maine Red Claws, which Lewin is also the General Manager of.
Clarke took full advantage of his opportunity, providing the Red Claws with Draymond Green-esque versatility on both sides of the ball, resulting in two 10-day contracts with the Celtics. With Maine spreading the floor, Clarke played both stretch big spots at 6' 6 239 pounds and fits the pass, dribble, shoot mantra that's become increasingly important in the NBA.
The Antioch, TN native can grab and go to score or play-make in transition, make shots off the catch (despite a somewhat slow, flat-footed release), and aggressively attack the rim with nimble footwork. Clarke also displays good touch on post ups inside the paint. He's able to facilitate from all over the floor, which is extremely valuable from the elbows or in pick and pop situations.
Clarke plays with a good motor and has the strength to hold his own against big men on the interior, and the agility to at least hold his own on the perimeter. Clarke's physicality also shows on the glass, where he was a factor both offensively and defensively. From an NBA perspective, Clarke isn't overly long as his 8' 8.5 standing reach limits his potential as an interior defender. Overall the 23-year-old has really benefitted from the NBA's shift in style, and his versatility will be coveted around the globe as he builds on a strong year in the D-League.