NBA Rumors: Jamal Crawford Wouldn't Solve Lakers' Point Guard Woes

Bob BajekAnalyst IIIDecember 2, 2011

The Los Angeles Lakers lost in the playoffs mostly due to ineffective play from the point guard position, but they shouldn't jump to sign guard Jamal Crawford to fill that void.

Platooning Derek Fisher and Steve Blake was an utter failure, as an old Jason Kidd and an undersized JJ Barea dominated them in the Western Conference semifinals against the Dallas Mavericks.

Crawford, who plays both point and shooting guard, is an unrestricted free agent with the Atlanta Hawks, named Sixth Man of the Year in 2009-10, and has the ability to score. Crawford has a career average of 15.4 points a game.

Crawford can create his own shot in isolation and is one of the most lethal offensive players in the NBA when his shot is on.

However, there is also bad news when it comes to the 31-year-old Crawford.

The Michigan product is known to be a volume shooter who forces many attempts. He is a career 41 percent shooter who doesn't drive to the hoop and is an awful rebounder.

Crawford can play the point, but he doesn't dish out many assists, with a career 3.9 assists per game average. He tends to want to ball, which can be a problem when the Lakers have stars in Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol who deserve more shots.

With Crawford not being a good defender or rebounder, that would put even more pressure on an aging Bryant on the defensive end. Crawford was statistically the worst rebounder last year for his height (6'5"), nabbing just 3.4 percent of loose balls.

Besides those concerns, Crawford is best utilized off the bench, as he has excelled in that role with the Hawks.

The Lakers desperately need someone to run the point, but Crawford is not the answer; he is a backup better suited for shooting guard than point guard.

For the Lakers to solve their problem, they might want to explore their options like doing a sign-and-trade with Andrew Bynum going to teams like the Detroit Pistons for Rodney Stuckey, or the Portland Trail Blazers for Raymond Felton.

Both teams could use a center like Bynum as Ben Wallace is old and useless for the Pistons, and LaMarcus Aldridge could use some frontcourt help.

Either of the two are younger, cheaper and pass more than Crawford, while also providing scoring.

The Lakers will need a point guard, but there are better options than Crawford.