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Jordan F. Crawford: What To Do, What To Do…

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Updated: April 9, 2012

Jordan F-ing Crawford.

“That guy.”

What IS his deal?

Playing 27.1 minutes per game this season and averaging 17.9 field goals per 36 minutes while shooting an effective-FG percentage of 0.450 doesn’t exactly put Jordan in good company, historically.

According to the Basketball-Reference.com database, 12 such NBA players since the 1991-92 season have averaged 25 to 30 minutes per game, attempted at least 15 field goals per 36 minutes, and have had an eFG% less than 0.455. Those players, ranked by Win Shares Per 48 Minutes:

  1. Isaiah Rider – 0.86 – 1988-99 Portland Trailblazers (13.7 PER)
  2. Malik Sealy – 0.62 – 1994-95 LA Clippers (14.7)
  3. Jamal Crawford – 0.59 – 2011-12 Portland Trailblazers (14.7)
  4. Michael Redd – 0.59 – 2009-10 Milwaukee Bucks (12.1)
  5. Josh Howard – 0.54 – 2009-10 Dallas/Washington (12.7)
  6. Larry Hughes – 0.36 – 1999-00 (14.7)
  7. Jordan Crawford – 0.25 – 2011-12 Philadelphia/Golden State (14.9)
  8. Jerry Reynolds – 0.25 – 1991-92 Orlando Magic (13.9)
  9. Bonzi Wells – 0.23 – 2003-04 Portland/Memphis (13.0)
  10. Kemba Walker – 0.17  - 2011-12 Charlotte Bobcats (15.3)
  11. Dejuan Wagner – 0.11 – 2002-03 Cleveland Cavaliers (10.9)
  12. Vernon Maxwell – negative-0.001 – 1996-97 San Antonio Spurs (11.8)

Most fans, coaches, GMs and owners would shudder if forced to rely on any of these guys on their team– a group of players who managed to stick around in the league for various periods of time nonetheless.

OK, so Jordan Crawford is an NBA sophomore who has been thrust into the starting lineup on a very, very bad team; oh, and Jordan’s “promotion” has been contingent on the presence of Nick Young. How has he fared in those situations, starting versus not? Well, there’s not much difference.

Crawford has played 24 games and 744 minutes as a starter this season, 32 games and 772 minutes coming off the bench.

Plus/Minus Per 48 Minutes (Pace Adjusted)
Starting – minus-7.4
Bench – minus-10.6

Points Per 36 Minutes
Starting – 21.1
Bench – 20.7

Effective Field Goal Percentage
Starting – 45.3%
Bench –  44.6%

Assists Per 36 Minutes
Starting – 3.8
Bench – 4.8

Percent of Assisted Field Goals Made
Starting – 33.8%
Bench – 44.4%

Percentage of Field Goal Attempts That Are 3-Pointers
Starting – 34.5%
Bench – 29.8%

So we gather that Crawford passes less as a starter (no surprise) and shoots more 3-pointers, but otherwise, he makes pretty the same contributions on offense. Although, Crawford seems to jack more shotsas a starter without benefiting from teammate assists, which likely has a negative effect on the team offense overall.

Maybe it’s more about putting Crawford in an environment where he will care more. When Wizards games are close, Crawford shoots better; when the games get out of hand, he becomes less conscious. What’s holding him and the team back is consistency.

When the game is tied, Crawford’s eFG% is 51.3-percent; when the margin is 1-5 points, 46.0-percent; when 6-10 points, 49.0-percent.

But when the margin is 11-15 points, Crawford’s eFG% drops to 40.6-percent; when 16-20 points, even further to 35.0-percent. Crawford starts shooting better again when games are out of hand, contributing an eFG% of 50.0-percent when the margin is more than 20 points.

Closely observing Crawford’s 3-for-12 shooting performance against the New Jersey Nets last Friday, the issue is not so much when he jacks a 3-point attempt seemingly with the effort, moxie, gusto, and reckless abandon that makes it appear that Jordan thinks the bucket will count as five points instead of three.

No, issues with Crawford’s offense arise from his naive understanding of what it really takes to score in the NBA. He’ll have the good intention of driving to the basket — which is much different from when Nick Young used to do the same thing; Crawford is a better and much more willing passer — but when the defense covers passing options and gives Crawford room, he’ll over-penetrate into the lane and end up taking a tough runner in the center’s face, instead of stopping to knock down the close-range shot with two feet of space.

The same offensive mechanics which allow Crawford to make amazing shots, for a guy his size, with a high-degree of difficulty, are the same mechanics he over-relies on when he presumes himself to be in a tough scoring position. It’s not always about contorting to avoid the defense, sometimes it is about establishing balance and protection to make the defense work for you, via trips to the foul line.

When Crawford receives the ball in an offensive set and pauses to assess the situation, as he often does, he makes it worse. Sure, there are times when a scorer needs to take a moment to read what the defense is giving him, but more than not, Crawford is simply wasting time and the attention span of his teammates with his prolonged assessment and mostly unnecessary dribbles. Read, react and GO!

Ultimately, Crawford might be just as well coming off the bench for the Wizards in the future — he has the confidence to be an offensive spark no matter the situation, given better development in his decision-making. Another issue is that Crawford currently has next to nothing in terms of competition at his position on the team. Landing the first over 2012 NBA Draft pick and Anthony Davis would be a huge boon for the Washington franchise, but the priority for this offseason, aside from lottery luck, should be to land a wing guard/forward scorer who can pair well with John Wall and the rest of the Wizards while likely, and hopefully, putting Crawford in his right place of bit contributor. If it doesn’t work after that, move on.

But what do you think?

[NOTE: stats according to NBA.com/Stats and Basketball-Reference.com]


11 Comments

  1. Patrik Trimmer

    April 9, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    he’s a bench player, the same as young shoulda been…problem is no real talent on the team at the 2 to push him to the bench kinda like the wiz with nick before crawford emerged. coulda tried to address the issue in last yrs draft with Klay Thompson available when we nabbed Vesely, but hey who needs a knockdown shooter with the offensive juggernaut the ernie assembled in the lockout shortened offseason. Goran Dragic Summer 2012!

  2. hosch

    April 9, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    Jordan Crawford. Did you notice how about half of that list was made up of former SG that Ernie Grunfeld gave inexplicably large roles. Larry Hughes, Josh Howard,Michael Redd. Grunfeld is also known for finding such talents as Latrell Sprewell, Deshawn Stevenson and Andray Blatche.

    Our GM has to be the most incompetent human being to ever be in a front office in the NBA. No Crawford should not even be in teh NBA, he’s a d-leaguer that will piss off his teammates at any competitive level.

    This rebuild is about John Wall. John Wall. Everything is about maxing out John Wall. Crawford is another of Ernie’s goons that hijacks the offense and is mauling Wall’s devlopment. Crawford, Blatche, Grunfeld, should all be taken outside and shot.

  3. hosch

    April 9, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Jordan Crawford. Did you notice how about half of that list was made up of former SG that Ernie Grunfeld gave inexplicably large roles. Larry Hughes, Josh Howard,Michael Redd. Grunfeld is also known for finding such talents as Latrell Sprewell, Deshawn Stevenson and Andray Blatche.

    Our GM has to be the most incompetent human being to ever be in a front office in the NBA. No Crawford should not even be in teh NBA, he’s a d-leaguer that will piss off his teammates at any competitive level.

    This rebuild is about John Wall. John Wall. Everything is about maxing out John Wall. Crawford is another of Ernie’s goons that hijacks the offense and is mauling Wall’s devlopment.

    Did we really have to pick up Nene’s 60 million 5 year contract? Come on what does it take how stupid can you possibley be. If you don’t like Jevale, trade him for draft picks, not cap crippling contracts with veterans attached to it that teams are jumping at the bit to get off their books.

  4. mike

    April 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

    As an Atlanta Hawks fan, I suddenly feel better about the Kirk Heinrich trade that included Jordon Crawford. U guys did get the 1st round draft pick. I hope u guys get some direction to your ship.

  5. larry smith

    April 9, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    Don’t mention this bum Crawfish, aka Crawford. with Nick Young. Nick was and still is the best 2 guard, and player that the sorry wizards have ever had. Hands down. You clown can preach that sh%t to the birds. Know one shine on the worse team in the league THE WIZADS DIRT.

  6. Michael

    April 10, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Not good enough to start by any means. He can score and is still young but has little basketball IQ, seems immature and only cares about his stats, takes terrible shots, is a black hole on offense, and can be said that he is slowing the growth of other players. All that being said he can possibly stay with the wizards as an off the bench scorer playing 15 minutes a game. That’s all i really can bare to watch of him. That is if we can find a better option. Until then he will have to shoot 100 times a game.

  7. Jake

    April 10, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Jordan is just brutal to watch. It’s usually just dumb, selfish basketball with him. He has no comprehension of how badly his shotjacking ways affect his team, even when he’s making them, because he throws the whole offense out of whack. I voted to give him another year – maybe we can get a real SG and see if Jordan can be useful off the bench – but if he can’t tone it down, he HAS to go. He’ll stick around the league for a while because there are enough idiots like Ernie who think getting buckets is the be-all and end-all, but he’s never going to play on a winning basketball team.

  8. Nich

    April 10, 2012 at 10:01 am

    For a blackhole how come he has the 8th highest assist percentage amongst SGs?
    Crawford grades out better than Nick in every way.
    “If you don’t like Jevale, trade him for draft picks, not cap crippling contracts with veterans attached to it that teams are jumping at the bit to get off their books.”

    Nobody was trading draft picks for an expiring contract attatched to a guy who isn’t a major contributor. Why the hell would they? Let’s submarine our future so we can get a month of Javale McGee!

    Nene is huge for this team. Don’t be dumb

  9. Patrik Trimmer

    April 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    He handles the ball a lot Nich, more than Nick did when he was here exclusively as a sg. Could NY’s assist # have been higher? sure. Just as most of us are saying that Crawford is a ball stopper on offense with spotty shot selection. To be blunt he’s a chucker. He has play making skills, but there’s a whole set of stats above that are meant to show what type of offensive player he is for us right now. Most people favored him to NY (some still do) early in the yr when he was coming off the bench.

  10. Robert

    April 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    If only he would stop chucking…..

    I actually think he has better play making skills and offensive skills than John Wall, but he just plays stupid. When he drives, he reminds me of a young gilbert a little. He gets fouled a lot and finishes using his really long arms at different angles. He can also dish a little bit when he drives. He needs to realize that he is absolutely not a star, and needs to stop chucking like he is a star. I really would like to see him stop chucking so many shots off the dribble. (I get upset when they go in, because it reinforces bad offense in the long run.) His future (probably not with the Wizards) is as a bobby jackson type as a 6th or 7th man if he ever wants to be a winning basketball player.

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