Jerome Miron-US PRESSWIRE
Player Profile: 6'6'' and 235 pounds
2012-13 Preseason Stats: 7.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG, 52.9 FG%, 57.1 3PFG%
Jae Crowder had a monster game against the Rockets in garbage time. He put up 20 points in just 15 minutes of work, knocking down four of seven three-pointers along the way.
While that performance certainly padded his overall averages, there's no doubt that Crowder is capable of putting up solid production this season because he is a versatile player.
The only problem for Crowder is going to be getting minutes. He's currently locked down behind Shawn Marion and Vince Carter on the roster, and he's too undersized to play at the power-forward position.
Once he gets the chance, Crowder will emerge from the 2012 draft class as one of the better players. He's physical; he understands how to utilize his versatility, and he's a smart player on both sides of the ball.
If Carter or Marion go down with an injury this season, Crowder's minutes will increase, and he'll be able to show every other NBA team why they made a mistake by passing on the 2012 Big East Player of the Year.