The Golden State Warriors have acquired Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics today as part of a three team trade that also involved the Miami Heat. The Heat acquired Toney Douglas from the Warriors, while the Celtics added Joel Anthony, a future second round pick and a heavily protected first round pick that could become a second rounder. The Warriors are the clear winners of this trade, as they gave up very little to get a player who could have a big impact for them.
Crawford has been one the most pleasant surprises of the season as a point guard for the Celtics. Long regarded as a low efficiency gunner, Crawford is averaging 13.7 PPG and 5.7 APG while shooting above his career averages from the field, three point range and the free throw line, resulting in a career high 16.32 PER. Crawford was seen as expendable with the Celtics due to the impending return of Rajon Rondo and the recent addition of Jerryd Bayless, and the Warriors got a great deal on him.
One of the biggest reasons the Warriors were so successful last season was the presence of Jarrett Jack off the bench. Jack was able to back up both guard positions and give the Warriors a different look from the long range shooting of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. The Warriors let him go in free agency due to his high price tag, but they have missed his presence this season. Crawford will immediately step into that role and play solid minutes off the bench for Golden State. His ability to play both guard positions is a huge asset, and it strengthens the Warriors’ backcourt tremendously.
Brooks has steadily fallen off since his rookie season, but in just his third year there is reason to believe he can turn things around. Brooks will have the opportunity to earn some minutes as a scorer off the bench, and he could make himself into a solid rotation player for the Warriors. This deal is about Crawford, so anything the Warriors get from Brooks will be a bonus.
This was a very good trade from the Warriors, and it will go a long way towards strengthening their bench. The Warriors knew they had to make some additions to solidify their rotation, and this deal ensures that they are one of the top contenders in the Western Conference.