Jordan Crawford: Last Season's Most Underrated Rookie

Eduardo JimenezContributor IJune 30, 2011

Jordan Crawford: Last Season's Most Underrated Rookie

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    What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the name Jordan Crawford?

    Probably his poster dunk on LeBron James at his own camp. Nike ended up confiscating the tapes.

    But the truth is that there is more to Jordan than just that dunk.

    Crawford was drafted by the New Jersey Nets with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft, but his draft rights were later traded to the Atlanta Hawks, where he started his rookie campaign.

Crawford's First Big Moment in His Professional Career

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    Well, it is not really that big because it was preseason, but on October 12, 2010, Jordan Crawford dropped 30 points on 13-of-20 shooting against the Wizards to go along with five rebounds and five assists.

Then, Reality Struck Jordan

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    Jordan had a rough time to start the season in Atlanta. He went on shooting slumps and couldn't bounce back.

    Crawford found himself logging very few minutes in Atlanta and had to take his talents elsewhere.

Welcome to D.C.

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    After being benched in Atlanta for the first half of the season, Jordan Crawford saw a great opportunity to restart things again in the nations capital. 

    The Wizards quickly gave him the opportunity to back up Nick Young, who was having a career year for Washington.

    Three weeks later, Nick Young started battling injuries and missed some time. Jordan seized the opportunity and took it to heart.

Michael Jordan Crawford

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    With Nick Young out for the rest of the season, Crawford brought his A game and locked the starting SG position.

    Jordan went on scoring streaks game after game.

    When the Wizards faced the Miami Heat on March 30, John Wall was ejected at the beginning of the game, and it was Crawford's turn to carry the team.

    Jordan finished with a career-high 39 points against the guy who he dunked on in the first place.

    Not only that, but he then followed his performance with a triple double against the Cleveland Cavaliers

Why Is He My Most Underrated Rookie of Last Year's Class?

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    Jordan Crawford finished the season averaging 16.3 points per game for the Wizards (easily 20+ points per game with Young out). Only Blake Griffin and John Wall averaged more points.

    He was also one of only three rookies to record a triple-double. The other two: Blake Griffin and John Wall. 

    Crawford did not make any of the two All-NBA Rookie Teams.