Much to the delight of many fans and fellow NBA players that wanted to see him continue to show he can still play in this league, the Brooklyn Nets signed 40-year old guard Jamal Crawford to join the team down in the Orlando bubble.
The Nets will be down with several players. This includes Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Spencer Dinwiddie among others. It’s going to be crucial for the Nets to replace their scoring.
However, despite being 40 years old, Crawford dropped 51 points against the Dallas Mavericks just last year. He became the oldest player in NBA history to drop 50+ points in a game.
With plenty of opportunities to score and a decently long layoff for the former Sixth Man of the Year, Crawford should come in rejuvenated and ready to go down in Orlando.
Evaluating Jamal Crawford
Crawford relies on his dribbling wizardry, three-point shooting and ability to hit pull-up jumpers a lot of times. Those are three skills that help extend a player’s career.
The Michigan product averaged just 7.9 points per game last season as a member of the Phoenix Suns. However, he is just two seasons removed from averaging 10.3 a game with a Minnesota Timberwolves team that made the playoffs, so hopefully, he can use this opportunity to get back to that level.
Although the efficiency is not as high as the Nets would like their pick-and-roll offense to be, they run the sixth most pick-and-roll possessions per game, which is an offense more than likely designed for Irving and Durant when they finally hit the floor together. However, with Crawford’s knack to hit the pull-up jumper, he’ll become a dangerous weapon in those sets.
All-in-all, the Nets will not get the Jamal Crawford that used to light offenses up on a nightly basis, but it’s going to be very fun to see what’s left of him in the Orlando bubble and how he responds to this opportunity, and we’ll be sure to see some of his dribbling wizardry and his knack to score the ball.
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