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2013-14 Stats: 11.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 50.7 percent shooting
For his career, Jordan Crawford is a 40.5 percent shooter. Therefore, this current run he is on is doubtful to last.
Crawford is shooting 50.7 percent on the season, which is due for quite a serious regression. His jump-shooting numbers are simply not sustainable when judging from the view of his career as a whole.
What may not need to regress is Crawford's distribution numbers. Obviously, they too are well above his career average, however, there are reasons for this. He is playing a role right now that he hasn't been asked to play previously.
At Xavier, Crawford was asked to be an elite scorer. The same went for his early years playing for those terrible Washington Wizards teams. Now he is being allowed to take his time and develop something organically as a sort of quasi-on-court leader.
His abilities as a ball-handler were previously clouded by things like shot selection. Crawford has always been a very good with the ball in his hands, he is just making better decisions right now.
Some of those assist numbers are being inflated due to some crazy hot shooting by Brandon Bass and other bigs, but Crawford is facilitating his teammates in a way we've never seen from him. Even if his shooting regresses to the norm, there is a role for him on this team while Rajon Rondo recovers.
Week 2 Grade: B+