Allen Crabbe Has Lot Of Work To Do For Portland Trail Blazers

By John Raffel
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

He hasn’t even opened his first preseason with the Portland Trail Blazers, but rookie Allen Crabbe has already come to the realization that making it in the NBA is a work in progress.

Sometimes, it can be a lengthy work in progress.

Crabbe is a rookie the Trail Blazers think can do some good things for them as a 6-foot-6 guard. On Sunday, he got his chance when the Blazers lost 81-63 to the Los Angeles Lakers at UNLV in a Las Vegas Summer League Game.

Crabbe said afterwards he would prefer to have played much better, but he likes the fact that he’s getting a feel for the game.

That’s what summer ball is all about, getting a feel of the new level you’re at. Everyone can imagine there’s a gigantic transition from college to NBA. Crabbe is not naive enough to dismiss that factor and realizes he has to keep learning and improving. In his first game, he was 2-of-7 from the floor and scored five points. His second game, he was 3-of-8 and netted seven points. Whether or not he improved in his point total isn’t that big of a deal.

The Blazers want Crabbe to keep learning about the game and about his team. He needs to continue to figure out each time he’s on the court what he can do to help his team.

So far, not that bad, but not that great either. The verdict is still out on what he can bring the Blazers, and it may take awhile to find out.

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