Friday, October 18, 2013
Crowder's role: invaluable defender
By Nick Borges
Backup forward Jae Crowder doesn't always fill the stat sheet and that's fine with Rick Carlisle. The Mavs head coach likes the option to bring in Crowder to play defense against the top scoring players in the NBA.
“He’s one of the best defenders we’ve got," Carlisle tells Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “He can guard guys that run off screens, he’s a good one-on-one defender, he’s got good size, he can guard different positions, he’s played some [power forward], he’s played some [shooting guard], and he mostly plays [small forward]. The flexibility that he gives us is a big plus.”
Entering the season Crowder is listed third on Dallas' small forward depth chart behind Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. As a minimum paid player Crowder provides a valuable asset off the bench and he will have the defensive-stopper role again this season.
Tim MacMahonCrowder a solid role player
"Crowder, who averaged 17.3 minutes per game as a rookie, should have a similar role in the rotation this season. He’s a rugged, relentless defender who doesn’t rebound as well as you’d want from a forward (2.4 per game last season) in part due to being undersized and limited athletically. Crowder’s offensive contributions primarily come in catch-and-shoot situations. Hopefully, his jumper will have improved after an offseason of work. He shot 38.4 percent from the floor and 32.8 percent from 3-point range last season. ... Crowder’s rookie contract includes a team option of $915,243. It’d be surprising if the Mavs don’t pick that up for a second-round pick who has proved he can be a decent role player."