One of the most devastating injuries in the early part of the 2013 fantasy basketball season was to SG J.J. Redick of the Los Angeles Clippers. Redick was averaging 15.8 points per game and maturing into a decent nightly starter, but the former Duke star injured his wrist a couple weeks ago and will unfortunately be out for two more months.
The injury has opened the door for SG Jamal Crawford to get more minutes in LA. He isn’t starting every game for the Clips, but the veteran has certainly not disappointed with the extra time on the court.
Crawford dropped a season-high 31 points against the Sacramento Kings last week when Redick first went down. The 33-year-old added 11 dimes, seven boards, three three-pointers, and was a perfect 4-4 from the line. He has averaged 17.7 points since that point and has clearly become one of the team’s primary scoring options again.
Crawford is an experienced two-guard and he has a very smooth jumper. Crawford has averaged 15.4 points a game throughout his 13-year-career, and while he can be a streaky scorer at times, he can also get red-hot. He can drop jumper after jumper when he gets into a groove.
Crawford should average double-digit points each game to go along with a couple dimes and three-pointers. He may not be the most attractive shooting guard in daily leagues, but he can certainly carry his weight as a spot starter while Redick is sidelined.