With the season over and the draft still more than a month away, we're taking a look back and assessing the season that was. That's right - it's report card time! Eighth in the series - Jordan Crawford.
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Stat line (in 27 games as a Celtic): 9.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 21.6 mpg, 41.5 FG%, 32.0 3P%, 79.2 FT%
Crawford arrived with the Celtics February 21 in a trade with the Washington Wizards for injured guard Leandro Barbosa and center Jason Collins.
Crawford is a scorer who has a reputation for having never seen a shot he didn’t think he could make. Upon arriving in Boston, the 24-year-old seemed all too aware of that reputation and at times looked like he was actively trying to disprove it by passing up easy baskets.
He settled down and became a decent scoring threat off the bench and quickly demonstrated a surprisingly impressive passing ability that led Danny Ainge to proclaim him the best passer on the team.
The Celtics gave up 2.5 more points per 100 possessions with him on the court but also scored four more points per 100 possessions with him. That’s a net positive but it’s worth remembering that many of Crawford’s numbers should be taken with a grain of salt, as he logged big minutes in a number of blowout games.
Ultimately, Crawford’s poor decisions probably outnumbered his good ones and he remained a liability on defense.
Crawford is on the books for $2.2 million next year. He’ll probably be shopped this offseason, either on his own or as part of a larger package, but if Ainge can’t find any offers to his liking, the C’s won’t mind bringing back Crawford on short money, hoping he can become more productive with fewer minutes.