It took a month for him to look like the player the Golden State Warriors wanted him to be, but Jordan Crawford finally looks comfortable playing for the Warriors.
Crawford has played his two best games on the Warriors since Steve Blake has arrived. On Monday night against the Pistons, Crawford knocked down four three pointers and looked more like the natural shooting guard he is.
With Blake now playing the backup point guard minutes, Crawford is free to shoot, shoot, and shoot some more from the two guard position. Last night, Crawford felt free enough to take a transition three, a shot that is typically reserved for Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
His shot chart shows just how putrid his jumper has been since joining Dubs. He is shooting only 1-of-6 from the right side of the three point arc and has hit only six shots from right of the right elbow. While his sample size is still small, the sample is large enough to notice just how bad Crawford’s shot has been.
Before Blake’s arrival, Crawford struggled to mold his game into that of a true point guard and often times looked uncomfortable running the point. He struggled so much so that the Warriors were reportedly shopping him around at the deadline.
Warriors management and Warriors fans overhyped the addition of Crawford. Quite frankly, the 25–year-old one of the most inconsistent shooting guards in the league in terms of scoring production. Crawford flunked out of both Washington and Atlanta thanks to his shot-first attitude and countless disagreements with his teammates. He was shipped off to Boston last season, and earlier this season, with rookie head coach Brad Stevens giving Crawford the keys to the C’s offense, Crawford’s numbers were dramatically inflated. Crawford was so good in Boston he actually won Eastern Conference Player of the Week for one week.
But with the Warriors, Crawford has resorted back to being the inconsistent shooting guard that he was known to be in Washington and early on in his tenure in Boston. Hopefully with Blake taking over the true point guard duties and acting as a facilitator of the Dubs second unit, Crawford’s numbers will only improve.