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Jordan Crawford in 2012-13 with the Wizards: Steez-less in DC

Updated: May 20, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index so far:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Jordan Crawford 2012-13 Washington Wizards Player Review

Jordan Crawford

6-4 : Height
195 lbs. : Weight
24 : Age
3 : Years NBA Experience
3 : NBA Teams

Acquired by the Wizards along with Mike Bibby, Mo Evans and a 2011 first round pick (Chris Singleton) from the Atlanta Hawks in exchange for Kirk Hinrich and Hilton Armstrong on Feb. 23, 2011

Traded by the Wizards to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Jason Collins and Leandro Barbosa on Feb. 21, 2013.

Time as a Wizard in 2012-13

43 : Games
12 : Starts
1,127 : Minutes

1.5 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About DC Council Game Rating
{Crawford evaluated over 33 games} 

14.7 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Ronald “Flip” Murray for the 2008-09 Atlanta Hawks (14.7)
maybe Charlie Bell for the 2005-06 Milwaukee Bucks (14.7),
maybe Latrell Sprewell for the 2003-04 Minnesota Timberwolves (14.7)

.058 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
maybe Carlos Arroyo for the 2002-03 Utah Jazz (.058),
maybe Haywoode Workman for the 1990-91 Washington Bullets (.058),
maybe John Bagley for the 1986-87 Cleveland Cavaliers (.058)

With Jordan Crawford on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 8.4 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 0.2 points less per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: minus-7.4

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

18.1 : Points
4.3 : Rebounds
0.2 : Blocks
0.9 : Steals
5.0 : Assists
3.1 : Turnovers
1.9 : Fouls

0.87 PPP

Crawford had 640 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.87 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those, ranked 279th in the NBA (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.87 PPP over 296 possessions, ranked 196th.


41.5% Field Goals (211-508)
34.5% 3-Pointers (59-171)
82.1% Free Throws (87-106)

[stats via and]


Jordan Crawford in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
Steez-less in DC

by Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

At the beginning of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season, Jordan Crawford was named Washington’s starting two-guard. This was mainly because Nick Young didn’t accept the one-year qualifying offer until right before the second of only two preseason games. But by game three of the regular season, Young returned to the starting lineup, and Crawford did not start again until two months later when Randy Wittman decided that Young (and JaVale McGee) were not getting the job done. In mid-April, with Crawford starting and thriving after the departure of Young in late-February via trade, Washington Post writer Michael Lee asked Crawford about when he lost his starting job at the beginning of the season:

“It wasn’t my job at all. I didn’t get a chance to lose it. You could all kind of see that I was just holding a position. It wasn’t that they really wanted me to start. That was more disappointing than anything, the fact that I came in wanting more and I was trying to show them that I can bring some winning here, too.”

Three months later, before the start of the 2012-13 season, Crawford found himself in a similar situation. The Wizards drafted shooting guard Bradley Beal with the third pick in the 2012 draft with the hopes that he and Wall would share a backcourt for 10-12 years. Crawford, who had every right to be annoyed that his starting job was under siege again, handled the situation with class:

“We had to get him. I think he was the best available. He’s the best player, got an NBA body and we needed a guard. We needed him. He’s going to be a great addition to the team. I was definitely inspired, because you definitely want to show players why you’re here, too. So I mean, it’s going to be fun. I’m very excited.”

Over November and December of 2012, with Wall and Nene both missing games due to injury and Beal still learning the ways of the NBA, Crawford was the go-to player for the Wizards (or as he would say, “who else gon’ shoot?”). Despite starting just 12 of the first 29 games, Crawford averaged 15 points and a surprisingly high 4.8 assists a game. When A.J. Price broke his hand in early December, leaving the Wizards shorthanded at the point guard position, it was Crawford who stepped up and assumed more ball-handling duties.

His best game as the primary ball-handler came against his good friend Jeff  Teague and the Atlanta Hawks. Crawford messed around and got a triple-double (27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists) and committed just one turnover in 44 minutes of play. But the Wizards lost that game and 25 of their first 29 games, and Crawford’s play was one of the few bright spots. Wittman expressed admiration for his fight and competitiveness. Team owner Ted Leonsis dedicated an entire entry on his blog, Ted’s Take, to Crawford’s inspired play.

Washington’s 30th game of the season, a loss to the Brooklyn Nets, is when Jordan Crawford’s downfall began. Statistics-wise, Crawford had a decent game (23 points and six rebounds) but in the first overtime period, Crawford had defensive lapses, he held on to the ball for too long, and he missed two free throws that would have given the Wizards a three-point lead with 15 seconds left. To make matters worse, Beal, the man who took his place as the starting shooting guard, had one of his best games of the season with 24 points.

The next night against the Miami Heat, Crawford scored just two points on 1-for-7 shooting, and it was clear his confidence was shaken. Two games after that, Crawford tweaked his ankle and missed two weeks. Bradley Beal then began his ascent towards greatness, and John Wall returned from injury. The Wizards no longer needed Crawford to score and be a playmaker, they needed him to fit into the team concept with Wall, Beal and Nene—three players who were the answer to Crawford’s previous question, “Who else gon’ shoot?”

Crawford and his steez did have one last hurrah, when he hit this game-winning shot against the Portland Trailblazers on February 14:

But for the most part, Crawford had been phased out of the Wizards’ lineup. First it was Nick Young, then it was Bradley Beal, and the final time it was due to Crawford’s inability to adjust to the new team concept. He began pouting on the bench, he tweeted his December stats as a way of telling the Wizards remember me?, and he had four straight “DNP-CDs.” The Wizards finally put Crawford out of his misery on February 21, 2013, and traded him to the Boston Celtics for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins.

Crawford went to the playoffs for the first time in his career as a member of the Celtics, but aside from this dust-up with Carmelo Anthony (which, in the least, got him on the cover of the New York Daily News), he was a non-factor and averaged just 9.1 points in 21 minutes of play. He did, however, find time to slam the Wizards’ treatment of him in another interview with the Post’s Michael Lee:

“If they would’ve accepted what I was doing, plain and simple,” Crawford said, when asked what could’ve kept him in a Wizards uniform. “I put in the work. Nobody else doing what I’m doing. I could’ve won them more games and that’s what they wanted from me; I think they wanted me to be Superman a little bit. But if I put up a triple-double trying to get them a win and you come in and blame the whole game on me, you know what time it is. You see what it is.”

The harsh reality is that Crawford was at his best when the Wizards were shorthanded and barely staying afloat. He had the greenest of green lights to shoot, and without Wall, a healthy Nene and an experienced Bradley Beal, he thrived under low expectations. But when the team was at full strength and winning more frequently, Crawford lost his confidence, his game, and ultimately a spot on Washington’s roster. It brings to mind something Dwyane Wade said about Crawford after he lit the Heat up for 39 points two years ago:

“He shot the ball well. Like I said, they were free shots. He’s a scorer, he played with a lot of heart, he’s a tough kid, but it’s a little bit different when you’re playing for something than when you’re not. But he had a free mind, and he hit some good shoots, some big shots, so credit to him.”

Sorry Jordan, but THAT seems to be your steez.

[Jordan Crawford, Steez]

[photos via Adam McGinnis]

Um, Jordan? [via instagram/jcs_stelo]


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Reporter/Writer at TAI
Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop,, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.