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Allen Crabbe Traded to Portland Trail Blazers: Scouting Report and Analysis

December 15, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears forward Allen Crabbe (23) looks to drive during the first half against the Creighton Bluejays at Memorial Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports
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Daniel O'BrienFeatured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

With the No. 31 pick of the 2013 NBA draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Allen Crabbe from the University of California and subsequently traded to the Portland Trial Blazers for two second-round picks.

Here's everything you need to know about Crabbe:

Physical Tools 

Bleacher Report NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman breaks down Crabbe's physical attributes:

Crabbe has excellent size for the position he plays. You can call him a 2-guard or a small forward, but to simplify things, I just refer to him as a wing.

He measured in at 6'6'' with a 6'11'' wingspan, both appealing numbers. He got off the ground for a 36'' max vertical leap, surprising some with his athleticism.

Crabbe isn't the most explosive athlete and isn't necessarily a high-flying easy-bucket type of guy, but for the position and role he's projected to play, his physical tools work just fine.

 

Getting to Know Allen Crabbe

Throughout the summer and into the preseason, Crabbe must prove he is committed in all areas of the game and that the periodic pouting is behind him. During the draft process, he definitely took steps in the right direction both in interviews and on the court.

 

NBA Player Comparison

Crabbe can shoot from deep efficiently, make sound decisions in his team's offense and get points within the flow of the game, much like Wayne Ellington.

His ceiling is the Cleveland Cavaliers version of Ellington (10.4 PPG, 13.9 PER), while his floor is more like the Minnesota Timberwolves edition (6.1 PPG, 9.4 PER in 2011-12).

 

Pro Predictions

Unless he improves a bunch defensively or gets an unexpected amount of playing time, Crabbe won't be an impact player as a rookie.

The good news for him is that many sharpshooters such like he and Ellington don't take over the league right away, but eventually find their space and chances to produce.

He already has a good feel for the game away from the ball, so once he fits that into the NBA style, he could be a regular double-digit scorer.

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