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Jae Crowder looked solid at NBA Summer League as Buzz Williams watched

Jul 16, 2012, 9:17 PM EDT

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The Dallas Mavericks picked up quite a few rookies in this year’s NBA Draft and, to no one’s surprise, they’ve all ended up in Vegas at the annual Summer League. They’ve all shown flashes, but the most impressive player in the early-goings has been Marquette wing Jae Crowder.

Crowder hasn’t been putting up huge numbers, which has never been his M.O., but he’s played pretty well through two games in Vegas while showing the intensity and hustle he was known for prior to entering the NBA. The fun part, though, is that  he also displayed a bit of flash on his smart passes, an improved jumper and even put the ball on the floor effectively on Monday afternoon at the Cox Pavilion as he played in front of his college coach Buzz Williams, who was seated courtside.

Crowder’s final box score in the Mavs first game was a bit underwhelming as he shot 4-of-12 and had three turnovers, but his play on Monday was a bit more impressive as he finished with 15 points, four rebounds, a steal, a block and just one turnover while making 2-of-4 from behind the 3-point line. He played better with his former college coach watching from just a few feet away, but even though those numbers are solid, it is still only Summer League … which is why his effort level was so nice to see.

There are a lot of players in Vegas that have put forth solid attempts in the effort department, but none do it with the intensity that Crowder does — whether it’s hustling for a rebound, running the court hard on the breakaway or just going 100 miles an hour on defense, he does it like he’s playing for his job.

Provided he makes the Mavericks this fall, Crowder should be one of the more fun rookies to watch next season in the NBA. And, if his skills have improved as much as it’s seemed through the first couple of games in Vegas, he might even be known as more of an “energy player” when the regular season rolls around.

  1. geraldthecat - Jul 16, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Mavs are going to need it.

  2. dsjcn3 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    OJ Mayo signs with the Mavs!!!

    • dsjcn3 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:36 PM

      via Oj mayo’s and Mark Cuban’s twitters

  3. saint1997 - Jul 17, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    Mavs have done a pretty decent job I have to say in order to make a slightly respectable team from the offseason setbacks they encountered. I’m not a fan but still, some pretty respectable and smart moves

  4. rickyspanish - Jul 17, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    Hey Kurt, dsjcn3 is doing your job without typos! Pay the man!

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