Thursday, April 11, 2013
Jordan Crawford's underrated skill
By Joe Kaiser
Jordan Crawford has earned the reputation of a volume shooter and "instant offense" type guy since entering the NBA back in 2010, but quietly he's starting to show that he can do more than fire up shots.
Turns out, he's also a more-than-capable passer.
Michael Pina of CelticsHub.com writes today: "Crawford is often criticized for taking cringe-worthy shots at inappropriate times, but he knows what he’s doing more than you think (which is understandably never). He understands ball movement and why holding onto it unnecessarily isn’t positive when a teammate holds a distinct matchup advantage; he’s actually quite good at probing the defense until a passing lane opens up, with clear intentions to set the table for another Celtic.
Crawford almost always makes the correct decision as a passer, whether the degree of difficulty be simple or suicidal. He delivers passes with pin-point precision at the right time, which is a crucial skill not every guard in the league has. A passing Crawford is beyond beneficial for any NBA team he’s playing for. It’s the other form who everybody rolls their eyes at."
Crawford's averaged over 4.3 assists-per-40 minutes in each of his three seasons in the league, and is currently averaging a career-high 5.3. By comparison, Avery Bradley has never averaged more than 3.0 assists per 40 minutes and fellow Celtic guard Jason Terry has only had four seasons averaging more helpers per 40 than that of Crawford this season.