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Jamal Crawford is in high demand. Why?

Nov 3, 2011, 7:14 PM EDT

Jamal Crawford

More good stuff from Sports Illustrated’s Zach Lowe:

Jamal Crawford is a confounding player. He has a fairly high-profile, takes the sort of difficult crunch-time jumpers that make highlight reels and just looks the part of a dynamic NBA player. LeBron James and LaMarcus Aldridge have both recruited Crawford, an impending free agent, via Twitter the last few days. He’s a popular guy around the league, is thoughtful and honest, and star players are clamoring to be his teammate…

…Crawford is, by any measure, a borderline inefficient scorer who gets lost too easily on defense — both on and off the ball. And he’s nearly 32 years old. Should all these teams really be chasing him?

As Lowe points out, the NBA’s all-time leader in 4-point plays is a jump shooter who prefers to work in isolation as much or more than the NBA’s best guards and wings, not particularly adept at getting to the basket or a lights-out catch-and-shoot guy, and a borderline liability on defense. And yet he’d be in high demand if there was an actual free agency period happening right now.

It’s certainly tempting to imagine Crawford coming off the bench and providing a scoring jolt to a contender right at the moment they need it most in a playoff series, but it’s equally easy to imagine Crawford making far more money than he deserves and shooting his team out of a key game as his more talented teammates watch with looks of bewilderment on their faces. Crawford isn’t good enough to be a key piece of a team, but he’s done enough to demand a significant price tag in free agency — it’ll be interesting to see where he ends up after an up-and-down 1st decade in the NBA.

  1. mjbulls45 - Nov 3, 2011 at 7:58 PM

    he in high demand because he instant offense

    are you watching the same games i’m watching

  2. yankeesjetsknicksrangers - Nov 3, 2011 at 8:47 PM

    Jamal Crawford is a good player. He had good years and made big shots with the Knicks, and I wish we still had him.

    I trust the opinion of the guys he plays against vs a guy sitting behind a desk taking cheap shots.

    • darealrandolph - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:30 PM

      as knicks fan i think knicks might sign 2.0 version of jamal crawford which is J.R.Smith if or wen he return from China assuming the lockout is over

    • chulodo - Nov 4, 2011 at 1:56 AM

      Yeah, Yankee; the opinion / wisdom of the players has really been proven in this lockout /sarcasm

  3. bigtrav425 - Nov 3, 2011 at 9:09 PM

    if that scumbag LBJ would of recruited while he was in Cleveland we might of won a title or 2!! Asshat!

  4. Wilie Beamon - Nov 4, 2011 at 9:37 PM

    Wow Ive read some pretty silly arguments recently but that entire article is FAIL which is why no one even responded to it on that site .

    Crawford cant help a contending team yet earlier hes claiming Affalo is the best wing free agent but earlier this summer was claiming AI could help a team and he didnt even play in the nba last year ?

    They are recruiting Crawford to be a complimentary piece and its doubts on whether or not he could help a contender ?

    Crawford not only holds the record for 4pt plays hes 24th in league history in 3pt fgs made and is one of the better pick and roll players in the league

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