When the Boston Celtics acquired Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards at the trade deadline of the 2012-2013 NBA season, it felt like a low-risk gamble on their part. As the Celtics only gave up an out-for-the-season Leandro Barbosa and the little used Jason Collins, both on expiring contracts, it felt like a good move to potentially give the Celtics a spark off of the bench.
However, Crawford proved to not be as effective as the Celtics would have hoped. He appeared in only 27 games for Boston and averaged just 9.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 21.6 minutes per game. To make matters worse about his performance, Crawford shot just 41.5 percent from the floor and only 32 percent from three.
Over his three seasons in the NBA, Crawford’s biggest issue has undoubtedly been his inefficiency on the offensive end of the floor, which is really the end of the ball that he’s on the floor for. For his career he has shot only 40.2 percent from the floor and just 30.1 percent from three, despite taking 3.7 attempts per game for long-range.
Coming to a more veteran-laden team like the Celtics were last season, the team probably hoped that he would grow as an offensive player and possibly get beyond his inefficient chucking, only that obviously didn’t happen. As further evidence, Crawford averaged just 0.84 points per possession last season with Boston, ranking only 323rd in the league in those terms.
With Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry being traded this off-season and with Rajon Rondo set to be out until at least midway through the season, it’s pretty clear that this Celtics team isn’t going to be great this season. The bad news for Boston fans is that probably means they are going to see a fair amount of Crawford and all of the ill-advised shots that entails.
Crawford is a frustrating player for any fan to watch play for their team, but he’s near insufferable to watch on a team that’s rebuilding. Celtics fans are going to want to see guys like Kelly Olynyk and Jared Sullinger (pending his legal situation) get touches this season and Crawford is going to be too busy jacking up double-teamed 30-footers to make that happen. Such is the Jordan Crawford way of life in the NBA; sorry, Boston fans.