Crowder never wanted to be in Cleveland, held a grudge against JR, and pouted the whole time he was there.So... it wasn’t like Crowder won the series or anything but why couldn’t LeBron elevate Crowder and now he starts for the suns and is a critical piece?
I don’t get it. Someone explain.
Yeah the Woj/Shams stuff always confuses me. How do they consistently break news before local beat writers who might have access to the agents or can refresh team press releases just the same? I used to think maybe beat writers are beating them but don't have the clout or followers on twitters but nope, they beat them too. Closest thing I found is agents/teams give them the scoop for so they themselves can decide the narrative. If that's the case can they even be considered journalists? Adam Schefter was so far ahead, that he sat on Aaron Rodgers wanting to leave Green Bay and dropped it on draft night lol.
What is it this board thinks Jae Crowder is right now vs. what Jae Crowder has been?
Because he's the exact same player today he always has been his entire career.
Which is to say, not very good.
Crowder is a 3 and D guy, our favorite term.
To say he isnt very good is disingenuous. To stay he is a star is false.
But Crowder has a place in the NBA.
10 points a game guy, decent length, good defender
35% from 3 for career....but this year 39% in 60 games and last year 44.5% for miami in limited games......both years shot about 6.5 a game....so decent volume for sure.
For Cleveland...33.6% from 3 on 3.6 shots....for the record, the next 2 years after Cleveland he shot worse than in Cleveland. Last year in Boston he shot 39.8, this year has been his 2nd best shooting year.
So his shooting has improved a bit, not a surprise as people work on his game, he has always been a 10 point scorer almost all from 3 shooting 35%-39% and giving you good D.....he is the quintessential 3 and D guy. He has a role
He's playing exactly the same way he was here. And no one liked watching him play.
When you watch him spurts and look at his boxscores, you imagine him being better than he is.
When he's actually on your team and you watch him every single night and have a rooting interest you see all of his flaws and his warts.
I also don't see how saying he isn't "very good" is disingenuous. He's a below average starting small forward. He plays for good teams because he's cheap. He's cheap because he's not that good, but he's big enough and plays fairly hard. Just very little skill whatsoever.