Right before the NBA Trade Deadline, the Boston Celtics made what seemed like a savvy deal with the Washington Wizards. The deal sent Leandro Barbosa, who had torn his ACL just before the deadline, to Washington while the Celtics received guard Jordan Crawford. The move could have potentially given Boston another scorer to bring off the bench, but it hasn’t played out that way so far.
In his eight games in Celtics’ green, Crawford has averaged just 13.8 minutes per game and hasn’t exactly taken advantage of his opportunities. He’s averaging just 5.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and has struggled with his efficiency, shooting just 38.6 percent from the floor and 31.3 percent from three.
One of the knocks against Crawford when he was in Washington was that he tended to put up empty stats that really didn’t matter much in the context of the game. On top of that, he has always struggled when it comes to his efficiency, shooting just 40 percent over his career. Those issues he’s had haven’t worked themselves out in Boston.
The Celtics could really use his scoring off the bench if he could ever learn to make wiser decisions with the ball and when it comes to his shot selection. As of right now, Jeff Green and Jason Terry are really the only players on Boston’s roster that give them production off the bench. Crawford being able to put points on the board would really help their offense.
As of right now though, with Crawford failing to produce, the trade hasn’t really helped or hurt the team. They’re still 6-2 over the eight games since acquiring Crawford and haven’t had any glaring problems with him. The trade was mostly about the potential upside that Crawford has, but that upside hasn’t been realized yet.