Fantasy Basketball: Washington Wizards' Jordan Crawford Heating Up

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IJanuary 26, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - JANUARY 11: Jordan Crawford #15 of the Washington Wizards drives against Kyle Korver #26 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on January 11, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Wizards 78-64. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Washington Wizards guard Jordan Crawford has eight double-digit scoring efforts in his past 10 games. The other two he went for nine points, giving him a 13.7 PPG scoring average during the stretch. He’s been particularly hot over his past six games averaging 15.2 PPG.

He’s been helping out in other categories as well, averaging 3.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 1.0 three-pointers per game during his past six games. While he hasn’t shot extremely well (44.4 percent) during the stretch, it is an improvement considering he’s shooting below 40.0 percent on the year.

While even his hot streak isn’t comparable to last April and May when he averaged 19.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.2 three-pointers in 18 starts, he can be a productive option. He was averaging nearly 40 minutes per game in those starts.

Barring injury, he won’t come close to that amount of playing time, but as long as he’s averaging 20-plus minutes, he can be a spot starter.

Obviously a lot will depend on how he’s used by Randy Wittman, who surprisingly landed the head coach position despite a horrible track record.

Wittman went with a very balanced line in the battle of the have-nots last night. Ten players played at least 19 minutes and one more (Trevor Booker) checking in at nine minutes.

Given the way Wittman’s good friend Flip Saunders was run out of town, Wittman could just be looking to see who shows a spark. Interesting times ahead in the nation’s capital.

Just remember, even bad teams often supply unlikely fantasy options.


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