Kevin Jairaj-US PRESSWIRE
Definitely one of the smaller names in the draft, rookie forward Jae Crowder is quietly proving to be a dependable asset for the Dallas Mavericks. Crowder is getting about 20 minutes of play per game, and he’s been fairly efficient.
His role is mainly to space the floor with his behind-the-arc shooting, and so far he’s accomplishing his goal. He is third among rookies in three-pointers attempted with 18, and as of now, he’s a solid 50 percent shooter from behind the three-point line.
He also averaging about eight points per game off the bench, and now with an injury to starting small forward Shawn Marion, it will be time for Crowder to step up and contribute.
In his first game as a starter against the Toronto Raptors, Crowder shot an extremely efficient 75 percent from the field scoring eight points and knocking down two three-pointers.
He isn’t exactly going to light people up on a night-to-night basis, but Crowder is exactly the type of guy you want to help stretch the floor and give you solid minutes.
As long as he knocks down shots when he’s open and makes smart decisions with the ball, it will be hard for Crowder to really struggle long-term this season.
He’ll definitely keep making a positive contributions as the season progresses for the injury-hindered Mavs, who are now without two of their primary players—Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki.