Jae Crowder was the 2012 Big East Player of the Year in his senior year at Marquette. The Georgia native was the 34th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and now enters his sophomore year in the NBA having started 16 games for the Dallas Mavericks last season.
Crowder brings a solid athletic build and has the ability to get into the paint. He must improve his shooting percentage and shot selection. At times last season, Crowder looked uncomfortable within the offense and settled for too many three pointers where he shot only 32.8 percent. Crowder should feel more comfortable in the Carlisle system after a strong showing during this years NBA Summer league where he averaged 14.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 32.3 minutes. Not to mention, he lost 15 pounds this offseason.
Hopefully he regained his confidence and is ready to step up for the Mavericks this season. Dallas Head Coach Rick Carlisle made reference to Crowder on media day, “we have younger guys that need to step it up and establish themselves more, going into their second year.” Carlisle added, “there are a lot of guys that are going to be important to us.” I think Crowder will be extremely important to the success of the Mavericks this season. His athleticism off the bench for Dallas will be important especially on the defensive side of the ball, where his ability to rebound will impact the game. If Crowder steps up this season and becomes more consistent, that could buy valuable rest time for veterans like Shawn Marion and Dirk Nowitzki.