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No. 17 Joe Crawford
The NBA doesn't publish or publicize referee ratings, evaluations or accuracy rates. Categories considered are based on watching games as a referee and evaluating them.
The categories are game management, communication, positioning and mechanics. There are more qualifications to consider, however.
The first officials to consider eligible for the NBA Finals are:
No. 17 Joe Crawford
Crawford has worked the most playoff games of any referee—that is a vast amount of experience. He has excellent game management and mechanics.
Crawford does have a self-realized issue every NBA fan (and Tim Duncan) are all too familiar with: anger management. He works on this issue constantly and has improved (demeanor) noticeably.
Just like players need to play within themselves and keep their emotions in check, so does he. Having two strong partners greatly assists him in this matter.
No. 43 Dan Crawford
Dan is considered to be possibly the best active referee. Dan has great positioning and has exceptional physical aptitude.
What complements this is his game management. Dan tends to keep the game moving at an even pace. The one other attribute that works well on court is his demeanor.
No. 13 Monty McCutchen
McCutchen has quickly become considered an excellent referee. He has excellent mechanics and positioning.
McCutchen does tend to be stricter of sportsmanship issues and will issue the technical foul without second thought. That doesn't detract from his demeanor, though.
No. 48 Scott Foster
Foster is another highly rated and respected referee, often serving as an NBA Finals crew chief. Foster's stronger in his communication and game management.
He keeps his crew focused and consistent.
No. 9 Derrick Stafford
Stafford has excellent demeanor on the court along with communication. His game management is good, although can be deceiving, as he is more laid back and not as much of a micro manager.
No. 24 Mike Callahan
Callahan has excellent demeanor, not calling many technical fouls and allowing players to play with emotion more. His game management is regimented, but not too strict. He also has great mechanics.
No. 57 Greg Willard
Willard is a new NBA Finals referee. He has excellent mechanics and positioning. His weaknesses (and not great ones) are game management and that he tends to have a short fuse.
That just means he will be a little more quicker to call the technical foul than others. Generally speaking, he has an even and fair demeanor.
No. 55 Bill Kennedy
Kennedy has a superb demeanor and excellent communication skills. Kennedy also is a new addition to the finals.
Where Kennedy needs improvement is in game management and being a stronger crew chief when working with experienced referees.
No. 41 Ken Mauer
Mauer's constructive criticism would be that he should ease up on how quick he resorts to calling the technical foul. He can, at times, come across as condescending.
Where he excels is game management and mechanics.
No. 14 Ed Malloy
Malloy just gained crew chief status a couple of years ago. He worked his first NBA Finals game last year and it was well deserved.
Malloy has great positioning and demeanor. He also commands respect by being firm yet fair, all while keeping his demeanor.