Boston Celtics guard Jordan Crawford had an interesting 2012-2013 for the franchise to say the least. The team basically acquired him for nothing, most notably parting with injured guard Leandro Barbosa who was out for the season with a torn ACL. The Washington Wizards knew he would be out for the year, but they still felt it was in their best interest to move Crawford anyway. The Celtics made a nice move in that they basically got him for free, and he immediately stepped in to assume Barbosa’s role with the team.
Crawford had some nice moments with the green, but overall he was very inconsistent and that was to be expected as he has been that type of player ever since entering the league out of Xavier. He has never met a shot he hasn’t liked, and there were a number of instances where this stood out while wearing a Celtics uniform. He did provide head coach Doc Rivers another ball handler which his team desperately needed with the season ending injury to star point guard Rajon Rondo. Crawford did make improvements to his individual defensive game which was nice to see. That was always a criticism for him, and that was a reason he didn’t play as many minutes as he normally would like.
Crawford is under contract for next season, and he figures to have a similar role in 2013-14. He will probably be the backup ball handler to Rondo and will also assume shooting guard minutes as well. He is a rather affordable depth player that GM Danny Ainge can rely on.
Jordan Crawford had a decent half season in Boston, and he should be on the roster next season as well.
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