The Boston Celtics‘ 24-year old gunner Jordan Crawford has heard quite an earful in a very shot period of time. What he does well gets little attention, and his mistakes are blown out of proportion on a team when some of the same mistakes are being made by “proven veterans.”
When Crawford does something well, it often looks quite nice. He has a strange nuance to his game where he seems to hit shots at a higher rate when they’re more difficult. He may still get the negative attention for some of his decision making, but his confidence is extremely valuable to a team that is in dire need of some better body language.
Right now, Crawford is playing arguably better than Jason Terry. Crawford not only has better numbers than Terry, but he just seems to give off more of a spark at this point in their respective careers. Crawford is rarely uninvolved or invisible — two words that could describe Terry perfectly as of late.
Over his last ten games, Crawford is averaging 10.6 points per game to go along with 2.2 rebounds as well as 2.6 assists in just 23.6 minutes per game. His field goal percentage is low at 42 percent, but it increases to around 48 in Celtics wins.
The part of his game that goes deeper than the stat sheet, however, is the fact that at times he can be a semi-successful a one-man show.
That’s the intangible that the Celtics really need out of Crawford. The ability to put up 12 points in three minutes or hit a 38 foot fadeaway shot clock-beater or an ill-advised circus-layup. Celtics media and fans alike should at least try to see through the mistakes and realize that Crawford has another really great quality about him … he wants to play.
He wants to be here. Right now, he’s actually showing that he will take on whatever role Doc Rivers entrusts him with, and it truly looks like Crawford could flourish in Boston if given the right opportunities.
His decision-making can be his Achilles heel as well as his strength. He can miss shots that may look like foolish decisions, but he can also make those shots. Crawford should be more utilized and less criticized. It just doesn’t seem like Crawford will be lost from this current rotation any time soon.
Eric St. Cyr Covers the Boston Celtics for Rant Sports. Follow Him on Twitter @ericJsaint