Crawford is a 28-year-old veteran whose best attribute is undoubtedly scoring the basketball. During his four years in the NBA, Crawford boasts per game averages of 12.2 points, 3.2 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 24.7 minutes of action.
Although he’s always missed a lot more than he’s made (career 40.5 FG% and 30.3 3FG%) and hasn’t appeared in the league since the 2013-14 season, the Pelicans are not in the market for a possible longterm piece that screams potential right now but rather just someone to help New Orleans make a final playoff push by being able to put up points on the board.
Following his last NBA stint, Crawford has spent time in both China and the D-League. His biggest highlight from abroad was a 72-point game that saw him hoist 52 field goal attempts. It’s safe to say he won’t come close to repeating anything of the sort alongside Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, but New Orleans is desperate for their role players to shoot open looks with confidence — a characteristic we can certainly be assured Crawford has never lacked for any day of his life.
The first time Jordan Crawford looks off a Boogie Cousins post up opportunity... pic.twitter.com/upETWxscnn— David Fisher (@DavidFisherTBW) March 6, 2017
Coincidentally, Chris Reichert just named Crawford as one of the 10 best post trade deadline prospects in the D-League.
9. Jordan Crawford, PG/SG, Grand Rapids Drive
2016-17 Stats: 23.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals
29.6 mins; 47.6% FGs, 36.4% 3Ps, 86.3% FTs
Crawford continues to show his abilities as a chameleon at the guard position. He’s manned the lead guard spot, ran the 2, started and come off the bench proving he can add value to matter where teams need him. He’s still a fill-it-up-first type of player and while analytics frown upon trigger happy guards, Crawford possesses the tangible skill of being a microwave off the pine. Fans often lose sight of scoring off the bench as an actual skill, because so few guys are able to consistently do it.
A potential microwave off the pine, why the hell not give him a whirl?