2009-2010 Draft Evaluation: Jordan Crawford | Magic Basketball



Jun 23

2009-2010 Draft Evaluation: Jordan Crawford


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Synergy-fueled player evaluations, with the help of other metrics, are always fun.

Today, Jordan Crawford.

2009-2010 regular season Jordan Crawford
Games Played 35
Minutes Played 32.8
PPG 20.5
RPG 4.7
SPG 1.3
FG% .462
3P% .391
PER 24.80
projected PER 11.32

Jordan Crawford is an interesting prospect in every sense of the word. By all accounts, Crawford is an undersized shooting guard and some people think that he’ll struggle to have a smooth transition to the NBA. However, being undersized and a shooting guard hasn’t stopped players, like Ben Gordon for example, from finding a niche in the league and having success on the court. So even though Crawford’s height hurts him in some ways, it won’t necessarily prevent him from being able to play in the NBA. And the main reason is that Crawford can flat-out score with the basketball in his hands. Crawford’s jumpshot isn’t going to appear in any ‘Better Shooting’ DVD’s with J.J. Redick any time soon, but the ball goes in the hoop and that’s all that matters.

Why would the Orlando Magic have an interest in Crawford? Well, if there’s one thing that the Magic are notorious for doing in head coach Stan Van Gundy‘s tenure is that they load up on wing players. If Orlando drafts Crawford and Redick inks an extension and comes back next season, minutes will be hard to come by for the prospective rookie but he can earn them. Again, the Magic like to accumulate wing players in bunches and Crawford is exactly the type of guy who could thrive off the bench for them, given that he can provide instant offense for a second unit that struggles to score sometimes. When it’s all said and done, that’s Crawford’s appeal.

Via Synergy Sports Technology:

2009-2010 regular season Time Poss. PPP* Rank Rating
OVERALL OFFENSE 100% 665 1.01 89% Excellent
Isolation 22.3% 148 0.89 77% Very Good
Transition 20.8% 138 1.28 82% Very Good
Spot-Up 16.7% 111 1.08 80% Very Good
P&R Ball Handler 15% 100 0.76 53% Good

.564 .532 7.6 12.7 10.7 25.0 111

Crawford can score, and he can score in a variety of ways. One of the main things that stands out from Crawford is his ability to get points in isolation. For most two-guards in the NBA, they need to create their own offense. Crawford can do that. Plus, Crawford isn’t afraid to attack the basket and given that the league strictly enforces hand-checking rules, players like him have chances to be successful in today’s league, perhaps more so than in previous eras.

When Crawford isn’t too busy scoring on his own, he can also pile up points in catch-and-shoot scenarios. The fact that Crawford was efficient in spot-up shooting situations is an encouraging sign when evaluating the merits of whether or not he should be selected by Orlando. Also, even while dealing with a shot that has an odd release point, Crawford shot threes very well at Xavier and that’s another reason why he’d be an intriguing fit for the Magic in their 4-out/1-in offensive system, where perimeter players are required to be ready to shoot — and make — three-pointers when called upon. It’s no secret that Orlando likes to run pick and rolls quite often in their offense, and what do you know? Crawford can get the job done in pick and rolls, too.

All in all, Crawford has proven in college that he’s an efficient scoring machine. Crawford can elevate and explode with his first step, he can score with a hand in his face, he can shoot off the dribble … there’s not a lot Crawford can’t do offensively, and that’s probably going to be his meal ticket in the NBA when it’s all said and done.

Via Synergy Sports Technology:

2009-2010 regular season Time Poss. PPP* Rank Rating
OVERALL DEFENSE 100% 215 0.53 95% Excellent
Spot-Up 39.1% 84 0.62 88% Excellent
Isolation 21.4% 46 0.61 68% Very Good
Off Screen 14.4% 31 0.36 97% Excellent
P&R Ball Handler 11.2% 24 0.33 95% Excellent

7.6 2.3 0.6

Despite what the numbers show, there’s a number of questions about Crawford’s defense and most of them fall under the ‘effort’ category. It’s a red flag, sure, but Crawford can overcome that issue in conjunction with his small-ish size and frame by putting forth the energy and effort defensively. Just because Crawford is undersized doesn’t mean he’ll automatically become a liability on defense in the league. Some of Crawford’s issues are fixable, and there’s no reason why he can’t improve on that end of the floor. Van Gundy demands the most out of his players defensively, but he can also help them get better too. Still, this is something to keep in mind with Crawford.

Closing thoughts
To be frank, it’s unlikely that Crawford falls to the Magic at the No. 29 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft but if he does, he’s worth a look simply because of his ability to score. The is one of the main things that is impressive about Crawford. Whether or not he’ll be able to handle being a role player and not being a featured part of the offense is a legitimate question. That’ll be an adjustment for Crawford, who has been so used to having the basketball in his hands at all times. Likewise, even though Crawford showed little difficulty in scoring at Xavier, his shot can be funky at times and could be refined a bit. Yeah, Crawford is rough around the edges and undersized, but he’s a type of guy that could help Orlando if he slides to the end of the first round.

*points per possession

Eddy Rivera
Eddy Rivera


His size might make him a liability on defense. Can't say for certain either way because Crawford hasn't played in the NBA, yet. Either way, it's a legitimate concern with Crawford.


I'm a huge fan of Jordan Crawford too since he's clutch, can score from anywhere, can create his own shot off the dribble, and take over games. However, his size (which makes him a liability on defense) combined with his lack of point guard skills make him less versatile and restricted to SG. Since I see us having to address SF more than SG, I doubt Jordan Crawford will be in a Magic uniform but if he is, I'd be very happy.