It’s fair to say that the Jordan Crawford experiment did not go as planned.
On January 15th, when the Golden State Warriors acquired the shooting guard from the Boston Celtics, they hoped they were getting the Jordan Crawford who had just played the best two months of his NBA career. Crawford won the Eastern Conference player of the week the week of December 9th . Months later, the best week of Jordan Crawford’s career seems like a light-year ago.
Crawford averaged a mere 15.7 minutes and 8.4 points for the Warriors this season. By contrast, he averaged 30.7 minutes and 13.7 points per game with the Celtics before the trade.
The Warriors should not bring back Crawford. He is a true defensive liability. He struggles defending on isolation and on pick and rolls. Offensively, he is reckless as well. Crawford-run screen and rolls scored a mere 26.7 percent of the time. And 19 percent of the time Crawford committed turnovers when running screen and rolls.
The Warriors can offer a $ 3.2 million qualifying offer which would allow the Warriors to match any opposing team’s contract, but why would the Warriors do such a thing?
Does three years and eight to ten million dollars of Jordan Crawford really seem like a smart decision?
The Warriors need point guard depth. We know that. That’s why they brought in Crawford. That’s why months later they traded away Kent Bazemore for old man Steve Blake.
But Crawford did not get off the bench during the playoffs and his inconsistent play and inability to run the point was prevalent. He is still only 25 years old, but in four NBA seasons Crawford has played on four teams. That’s not a coincidence.
It would not be shocking if the Warriors did decide to bring back Crawford but there are better options if the Warriors truly want a backup point guard. Shaun Livingston, Devin Harris, Patty Mills and Grevis Vasquez are all free agents and better options for the Warriors than Crawford. Cheaper veterans such as Luke Ridnour and Kirk Hinrich are also free agents that could be signed to minimum deals. The Warriors should bring back Steve Blake over Crawford.
Crawford’s youth is part of what makes him an attractive player to bring back, but its also part of his problem. The Warriors could bring him back, but there are better options then the inconsistent point guard to fill the Warriors backup point guard spot.