Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Last season, Jordan Crawford’s numbers with the Washington Wizards dipped a bit, dropping from 16.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG and 3.9 APG in 26 games with Washington in 2010-11 to just 14.7, 2.6 and 3.0, respectively.
The seeming decrease in productivity could be attributed to Crawford playing six fewer minutes per game last season than he did with Washington in 2010-2011. But in 2012-2013, he will play for a revamped Wizards team that—with John Wall and Trevor Ariza—will be looking to push the tempo.
More importantly, Crawford will no longer be competing with Nick Young, who was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers last March in the deal that also saw JaVale McGee get traded to the Denver Nuggets.
After that trade, Crawford played about 31 minutes per game, compared to 25 minutes per game prior to the trade. Although his rebounds and assists stayed relatively the same, his scoring increased from 13.1 PPG pre-trade to 17.3 post-trade.
The biggest issue for Crawford will be exercising discipline with regard to his shot selection. But with less competition in the backcourt and a team that will lean on his scoring ability, Crawford will have everything he needs to become one of the conference’s better scoring guards and should feel less pressure to force the action.
More than likely, Crawford will provide lucky fantasy owners with a high-value return on what will likely be a late pick.