seraphim1982 wrote:Talking from my outside perspective (raps fan)... I think Crawford has a lot of haters in NY because of those perennial trash years... nevertheless he is an amazing creator and a decent volume shooter.
Crawford had his best years in NY (and yes, people were looking to lynch him by the end) and he was NEVER an "amazing creator". A "decent" volume shooter? I'd be scared to see what your idea of "poor" volume shooter is. In his 12 years in the NBA, Crawford has managed "decent" shooting only twice. In his 2nd year with the Bulls when he shot 47% and in 2009-2010 when he shot 44%. Every other year it's basically shooting right around 40% which is by no means "decent" unless by "decent" you mean "inefficent" or "bad". And you're talking about a guy who will be 33 next season and coming off a season where his "decent" volume shooting had him shooting a whopping 38% from the field and 30% from 3. And it's actually kinda hilarious you mention his NY years being crap years considering those were among the best years of his career in terms of passing and shooting.
But as for NEEDS at this moment, NY needs another secondary ball handler that can shoot the 3 or drive or push tempo on the break. Also, as someone mentioned, Crawford plays the passing lanes very well...
??? Maybe you're actually remembering the Crawford from when he was in his prime but the current day Crawford managed 3.2 apg to go with 1.85 to last season (an assist to turnover ratio of 1.79-to-1). JR Smith managed 2.4 apg to go with 1.3 to last season (an assist to turnover ratio of 1.85-to-1). And as far as playing the passing lanes, JR Smith averaged 1.5 spg last season compared to Crawfords 0.9 spg. So Smith was clearly the better player in terms of steals.
JR can only jack 3's,
This statement tells me that you've either confused JR Smith with someone else or has not actually watched Smith play.
he does play better defence overall, but that is also somewhat offseted by the (Please Use More Appropriate Word) fouls he tends to commit if when he gets lazy on D.
This compared to Crawfod who doesn't commit fouls because he actually doesn't try on defense?
You already have a better version of JR in Fields...who is younger, with a far better attitude and much better ball-iq
Fields is a SF not a SG. Fields cannot shoot, at all. Nor can he create shots for himself. Fields is really nothing like Smith in position or role.
Personally, I believe NY would benefit more from having someone like Crawford.
1) Far more matured since playing in NY
Rigggghhht...and him and Felton reportedly being cancers in the lockerroom for the Blazers last season is a clear sign of his maturity.
2) He's not playing with a cancer team ie. Curry, Starbury, ZBo, Rookie Nate Robinson... idiot GM
?? So you are blaming these guys for Crawford not playing defense and chucking? Why not just blame Crawford?
3) NY needs ballhandlers... Lin might be gone, BD IS GONE...
Lin isn't going anywhere. BD was never really there to begin with. And if the concern is about point guard depth, the Knicks would and likely will be looking for a real PG NOT someone like Crawford. So Crawford being a pseudo point (and he's less efficient passing than Smith is) really doesn't matter. Crawford, LIKE Smith, would be viewed for the backup SG spot...and Smith is simply the better SG.
4) Played point in Portland when necessary, when they expelled Felton from the PG.
Crawford was pretty much crap running the point. Jonny Flynn averaged more APG in less minutes than Crawford did after he was traded to the Blazers and Flynn has hardly been anyone's idea of a point guard. So let's not get carried away with what you may be mistakenly under the perception that Crawford did. As stated above, Crawford had a worse assist-to-turnover ratio than JR Smith did, had less steals than Smith did, shot worse than Smith did (both from 2 and 3 point range) and was not near the defender Smith was. If this was 2007, 2008, then yes, Crawford makes more sense but this isn't. Crawford is older, slower, crappier than the guy that you may be thinking about.