Celtics Success Hinges on Jordan Crawford

Photo courtesy of Issac Baldizon

Photo courtesy of Issac Baldizon

By just about every statistical measure, Jordan Crawford is having the best season of his career so far this year for the Celtics. Crawford is averaging 11.1 points, 4.5 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game. Crawford has stated in training camp that he wants to establish himself as a leader for this young team and he is living up to his word so far.

During the first four games of this season, Brad Stevens had been starting Avery Bradley at point guard with the three forwards and a center. Stevens later decided to make a game-time lineup change by throwing Jordan Crawford into the starting lineup and making Gerald Wallace the 6th man. Crawford is the only man on the Celtics that can create off the dribble and manufacture an offense effectively. The huge difference when Crawford is on the bench definitely shows because the Celtics assist-to-turnover ratio is a 0.88, which is the worst in the NBA.

His consistency on a nightly basis has been the most solid on the Celtics. He is averaging in double figures in eight of 12 games and has never been below four assists in all of his games played this season. His shot percentage is way higher than his career averages so far. He has been lights out at the free throw line with his 91.3 percent shooting. His 40 percent from the three-point arc is way better than his 30.5 career average. His overall shooting percentage this season is 44.4, where he is shooting 40.4 on average in his career.

Everybody in Boston knew that Crawford was probably going to be vocal in a negative way, but he is loving his current role as a starter and has been a team player ever since Brad Stevens made him the regular starter in Rajon Rondo’s absence. Crawford has adapted to his current role with a lot of encouragement from his teammates and Brad Stevens. Stevens knows the type of player Crawford is and is utilizing him to his full potential unlike the other coaches he has played for in the past.

Jordan Crawford just as human as everybody else when it comes to breaking some bad habits. Once he starts changing some of his approaches to the game to some degree, he very well could be Boston’s MVP for this season.

Joe Chancler

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