NBA: Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford is a Seattle native that has had a solid NBA career and has averaged in double figures in 9 straight seasons. The 6’5″ Crawford can flat out score and that is what he has been known for in his career and for the last few seasons he has been one of, if not the, best 6th men in the league.
Weight: 200 lbs
Birthdate: March 20, 1980
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Proving to be a valuable commodity at either the point guard or off guard position as a starter throughout the majority of his career, Crawford has most recently found a niche coming off the bench as a spark plug for the Hawks.
He attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle and had his number retired by the school.
Crawford headed east to attend the University of Michigan and his college career did not start off well, as he was suspended for 6 games for taking benefits and he decided to go pro after only one season with the Wolverines.
He was chosen with the 8th pick in the 2000 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but in a draft day trade was sent to the Bulls for their first round pick of Chris Mihm. He spent 4 seasons with the Bulls and in his last season in Chicago he averaged 17.3 ppg.
Before the 2004-2005 season Chicago shipped him off to the Knicks.
He played 4-1/2 seasons with New York and averaged at least 14 ppg in every season and in the 2007-2008 season averaged a career high 20.6 ppg.
In game in January of 2007 while with the Knicks Crawford blew up for 52 points and at one point in the game hit 16 straight shots!
The 52 points was 1 point shy of the Knicks scoring record for a single game.
In November of 2008 he was traded to the Golden State Warriors straight up for F/C Al Harrington.
In a game in 2008 he scored 50 points and in doing so only became the 4th player ever in the NBA to drop at least 50 points for 3 different teams.
In the summer of 2009 he was traded, yet again, to the Atlanta Hawks for Acie Law and Speedy Claxton, which, in terms of production, was a lopsided trade.
The Hawks definitely got the better end of that one.
In his first season in a Hawks’ uniform Crawford was the team’s 6th man and averaged 18 ppg and was given the award for the NBA 6th Man of the Year.
For his career Crawford has averaged 15.4 ppg, shot 42.1% from the field, and has shot 35% from 3-pt land.
In 2010 he played 76 games, avg 14.2 ppg, 1.7 boards, 0.8 steals, and 3.2 assists per game.
Where will he end up in 2011?
Possible destinations could be Portland, LA, and Miami, stay tuned to NWSB to keep you posted.
Also check out the great charity work Jamal is doing in the Seattle area including organizing hoops matchups.
Jamal Crawford and A PLUS Youth Program are presenting the Jamal Crawford H206 Classic, a charity basketball game featuring current professional basketball athletes originally from Seattle, playing against professionals from around the country.
You can also follow Jamal posting on Twitter, @JCrossover.