Aaron Jamal Crawford (born March 20, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played for basketball powerhouse Rainier Beach High School in Seattle and then the University of Michigan. He made his NBA debut in 2000 for the Chicago Bulls, who acquired him from the Cleveland Cavaliers on draft day. He would later play for the New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, and Minnesota Timberwolves. Having earned NBA Sixth Man of the Year honors in 2010 and 2014 and again in 2016, Crawford is the first ever three-time winner of the award. He is the all-time NBA leader in four-point plays with 55 or 60 counting the playoffs. As recently as April 9, 2019, Crawford (39 years, 20 days) became the oldest player to score 50+ points in a single game, and the first player to do so with four different teams. His 51-point tally is the most points ever scored by a player not in the starting lineup. In all NBA history, he ranks 27th in 50-point games accrued (between George Mikan and Larry Bird) and 7th in three-point field goals made (2,220). Crawford is also only the second player ever to score 10,000+ career points off the bench.
Crawford with the Atlanta Hawks in April 2010
|Position||Shooting guard / Point guard|
|Born||March 20, 1980|
|Listed height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Rainier Beach|
|NBA draft||2000 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers|
|2004–2008||New York Knicks|
|2008–2009||Golden State Warriors|
|2011–2012||Portland Trail Blazers|
|2012–2017||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school and college careerEdit
Growing up in Seattle, Crawford played for Rainier Beach High School, a local basketball powerhouse whose alumni include NBA and college talents Doug Christie, Nate Robinson, Terrence Williams, and C.J. Giles. He led the Vikings to the 1998 WIAA State Championship title. In appreciation for his impact, the school retired his number 23 jersey in 2001. It also inducted him to its Hall of Fame in 2018.
After high school, Crawford committed to play for the Michigan Wolverines on a scholarship. The freshman received a six-game suspension after the NCAA found his high school living arrangement with a Seattle businessman violated its bylaws on amateurism and the receiving of benefits; the University of Michigan protested that the ruling misinterpreted his pre-college situation but to no avail. With the suspension behind him, Crawford played as a starter, contributing averages of 16.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists, and 1.1 steals per contest. Though he played for the Wolverines for only one season, Crawford declared for the 2000 NBA draft and went on to prove one of the most successful NBA players to come out of Michigan.
Chicago Bulls (2000–2004)Edit
Crawford was picked 8th overall in the 2000 NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers but was traded to the Chicago Bulls as part of a draft-day deal that included the rights to Chris Mihm. During his rookie campaign with the Bulls, he struggled with his shot, shooting just 35.2% from the field; even so, Crawford managed to score double-figures 10 times and notched averages of 4.6 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 61 games, with 6 of them starting.
In his second NBA season, injury limited Crawford to 23 games, with 8 of them starting. He nevertheless improved in nearly every statistical category by posting 9.3 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per contest as well as by making 44.8% of his attempts from behind the three-point line.
In his third year with the Bulls, he became a key component of coach Bill Cartwright's offense. Crawford posted 10.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists, and 1 steal in 80 games, of which he started in 31. The Bulls missed the playoffs with a 30-52 record.
Crawford's fourth NBA season was to be his last in Chicago. He not only posted 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and 1.4 steals, but he became the starting shooting guard. He also had his best game as a Bull when, on April 11 of 2004, he scored 50 points and drilled 6-11 three-pointers against the Toronto Raptors. The Bulls finished at 23-59 in what was Scottie Pippen's last year in the NBA. Before the start of the 2004–05 season, Crawford was traded, along with Jerome Williams, to the New York Knicks in exchange for Dikembe Mutombo, Othella Harrington, Frank Williams, and Cezary Trybanski.
New York Knicks (2004–2008)Edit
Crawford joined another young and rebuilding team in the Knicks. He started in 67 games in his first year with the team while racking up averages of 17.7 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.4 steals. Crawford's scoring exceeded 20 points on many occasions, to include one notable 41-point effort on December 4 of 2004 in which he made 17-25 shots against the Charlotte Bobcats. The Knicks fell short of the playoffs.
During his second season in New York City, Crawford took a reduced sixth-man role under head coach Larry Brown. Upon adopting this role, he averaged 14.3 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 3.8 assists. The Knicks did not make the playoffs that season with a record of 23-59.
For the 2006–2007 season, the Knicks went in a new direction and hired Isiah Thomas to be the new head coach, the team's fourth replacement of that position in as little as three years. Due to injury, Crawford played in only 59 games, yet he managed to post 17.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game.
In 2007–2008, he averaged as much as 20.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game. Crawford provided the 23-59 Knicks with one of the few bright spots on January 26, 2007: Not only did he score a career-high 52 points, including 16 shots made in a row, but he hit 8 three-pointers, being one short of the franchise record set in 2002 by Latrell Sprewell. In 2008–2009, Crawford played in 11 games for the Knicks before being traded to the Golden State Warriors for Al Harrington.
Golden State Warriors (2008–2009)Edit
Due to his combined three-point shooting, ball handling, and quickness, Crawford proved an ideal fit in the run-and-gun offense of coach Don Nelson. He played in 54 games for the Warriors, starting in every one of them. Crawford averaged nearly 20 points per contest as well as 4.4 assists and 1.5 rebounds. On December 20, 2008, he scored 50 points in a 110–103 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats. Crawford became the fourth player in NBA history—after only Wilt Chamberlain, Bernard King, and Moses Malone—to score 50+ points with three teams, having done so with the Bulls, the Knicks, and the Warriors. The Warriors did not qualify for the playoffs. The team traded Crawford to the Atlanta Hawks for guards Acie Law and Speedy Claxton.
Atlanta Hawks (2009–2011)Edit
Crawford joined the Atlanta Hawks in 2009, a team that had made the playoffs the last two seasons. On January 15, 2010, he hit a three-pointer at the buzzer to let the Hawks beat the Phoenix Suns 102-101. In a win over the Los Angeles Clippers on February 3, 2010, Crawford set an NBA record for most career four-point plays, surpassing Reggie Miller. Backing up All-Star guard Joe Johnson and Mike Bibby, he averaged 18.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.0 assists off the bench. Crawford was a leading candidate for the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award and won that honor in 2010. The Hawks, led by Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Mike Bibby, as well as by Crawford, qualified for the playoffs; this clinching was to be his first trip to the playoffs, having had the record for longest-tenured player without a playoff game played. Crawford and the Hawks advanced past the Milwaukee Bucks in seven games. Crawford led all scorers in the decisive game seven with 22. The team was subsequently swept by the Orlando Magic.
In his second season with Atlanta, the Hawks fired coach Mike Woodson to bring on Larry Drew. Though he was coming off the bench and saw his averages decline from 2009—2010, Crawford had a solid season, posting 14.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per contest. Yet again he was in consideration for the Sixth Man of the Year Award, though it ended up going to Lamar Odom. Having made it to the playoffs as the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference, the Hawks beat the Orlando Magic in a close series, but not before Crawford hit a game-winning three-pointer with six seconds left in Game 3. The Hawks thus advanced to the conference semi-finals, though they were eventually eliminated by the Chicago Bulls in six games.
Portland Trail Blazers (2011–2012)Edit
Crawford signed with the Portland Trail Blazers on December 15, 2011. He averaged nearly 14 points in 60 games while leading the league in free throw percentage with a career-high 92.7 percent in the lockout-shortened season. The Trail Blazers did not make the playoffs with a record of 28-38 (.424).
Los Angeles Clippers (2012–2017)Edit
In the 2012–13 season, Crawford posted 16.5 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 29.3 minutes in the 76 games he played. He also finished 2nd place in voting for the 2013 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, edged out by J. R. Smith. In the opening round of the playoffs, the Clippers were defeated by the Memphis Grizzlies in six games. During the playoffs that year, he averaged 10.8 points, 2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.
During the 2013–14 season, Crawford averaged 18.6 points, 3.2 assists, and 2.3 rebounds in 69 games played. His 18.6 points-per-game was in fact the most ever for a bench player with at least 1,000 points in a season.
On May 8, 2014, Crawford claimed the 2014 NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award, being his second time winning the honor in his career. Crawford also led all NBA reserves in scoring that season with 18.6 points per game and helped the Clippers finish with their best record in franchise history (57–25).
On December 8, 2014, during the fourth quarter of a game against the Phoenix Suns that the Clippers clinched 121–120 in overtime, Crawford was called for a loose ball foul after getting tangled with Suns' guard Eric Bledsoe at midcourt. Upon saying something to referee Mark Lindsay, Crawford was hit with a technical, along with his first-ever ejection in his 976-game career.
In a victory over the Phoenix Suns on November 2, 2015, Crawford became the third shooting guard in all of NBA history to reach 16,000 points. On November 14, he scored a game-high 37 points in a 101–96 victory over the Detroit Pistons. On January 10, 2016, he recorded his 46th four-point play of his career in a 114–111 overtime win over the New Orleans Pelicans. On April 8, 2016, he made a three-pointer with 0.2 seconds left and finished with 30 points in the Clippers' 102–99 overtime victory over the Utah Jazz. On April 19, he was named NBA Sixth Man of the Year for the third time in his career. At 36 years old, he broke his own record, set in 2014, as the oldest winner of the award.
Crawford re-signed with the Clippers on July 8, 2016. By making two of four three-pointers against the New Orleans Pelicans on December 2, 2016, Crawford (1,962) passed Vince Carter (1,961) for No. 6 on the NBA's all-time list for made three-pointers. With a three-pointer at the 2:06 mark of the second quarter in the Clippers' 118–109 loss to the Toronto Raptors on February 6, 2017, Crawford became the sixth NBA player to reach 2,000 made three-pointers. He joined Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Jason Terry, Vince Carter and Paul Pierce in the 2000 club. During the game, Crawford also passed Eddie Johnson for No. 2 in career NBA bench scoring. Crawford's tally of 9,572 bench points trails only Dell Curry's 11,147. He also surpassed Magic Johnson for 74th in career points scored. On February 11 against Charlotte, Crawford scored 22 points while going 5-of-8 on three-pointers. Crawford (2,009) subsequently passed Vince Carter (2,006) for fifth-most three-pointers made in NBA history.
Minnesota Timberwolves (2017–2018)Edit
On July 19, 2017, Crawford signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Debuting for the Timberwolves during their season-opener on October 18, 2017, Crawford scored 10 points in a 107–99 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Two days later, he scored all 17 of his points in the fourth quarter and made a 3-pointer with 27.5 seconds left to help the Timberwolves hold off the Utah Jazz 100–97 in their home-opener. During a 108–107 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on December 18, 2017, Crawford made a season-high 23 points in only 23 minutes, with 16 of them scored in the fourth quarter. On March 30, 2018, he had a 24-point effort in a 93–92 win over the Dallas Mavericks. In June 2018, Crawford won the Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year Award.
Phoenix Suns (2018–2019)Edit
Crawford signed with the Phoenix Suns on October 17, 2018. On December 17 of that year, he posted a career-high 14 assists in a 128–110 victory over the New York Knicks. On January 6, 2019, he scored 16 points in a 119–113 loss to the Charlotte Hornets, thus joining Dell Curry as the only NBA players, since starting lineups were recorded, with 11,000 career points as reserves.
On April 9, 2019, in a 120–109 season-finale loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Crawford scored 51 points, one of his career-highs. It was his fourth 50-point game and his first since December 2008; it was also his first game in three years with over 30 points. At 39 years and 20 days old, Crawford broke two single-game NBA records: oldest player to score 50+ points—previously Michael Jordan at 38 years and 315 days from December 29, 2001—as well as most points ever scored by a player not in the starting lineup—last set by Nick Anderson on April 23, 1993 with 50 points. He also became the first player in NBA history to post 50-point games with four teams. Crawford rallied the Suns and helped them come back from a 31-point deficit to within 107-103 late in the game. Crawford further stated his case for another season by scoring 28 and 27 points in the previous two games, joining Kobe Bryant as the only players in league history to have three straight 20-plus point games in their 19th season or later according to NBA.com.
Crawford married his long-time girlfriend Tori Lucas on August 23, 2014. Among the notables to attend his wedding were fellow Clippers teammates Blake Griffin, Matt Barnes, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, and Spencer Hawes; also in attendance were NBA players Nate Robinson, a fellow Seattleite, and Isaiah Thomas, who is from the Puget Sound area.
Being a staple of the Seattle basketball community, Crawford is known to organize secret workouts around the city, pooling together a revolving cast of elite-level participants that include the likes of Zach LaVine and Kyrie Irving. Part of his legacy has been as a benefactor to his hometown. Among other charitable community activities, he provides a platform for local players aspiring to progress from amateur status to professional through "The Crawsover" league. This Pro–am Basketball league is free of charge every summer at Seattle Pacific University, yet one of the biggest in the country and among the most prestigious. Pros such as NBA All-Stars Chris Paul and Kevin Durant have participated in the past.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|*||Led the league|
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Jamal Crawford converted the 54th four-point play of his career in the second quarter, extending his NBA record in the category.
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Crawford, with a four-point play of his own in the second quarter, became the NBA's career leader in that category with 54 [sic], which doesn't include five in the playoffs.
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The NCAA said that Crawford, with his mother’s permission, lived with a man who wasn’t his legal guardian for the three years he attended Rainier Beach High School in Seattle. The NCAA has said the living arrangement could be similar to an athlete having a sponsor, and an amateur can’t have a sponsor. 'We certainly understand the reason for NCAA rules regarding amateurism,’ said Marvin Krislov, university vice president and general counsel. 'But there are compelling reasons why Jamal’s situation is different and we will present them to the NCAA.'
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- "'Closer than anybody,' Jamal Crawford says of friendship with fellow NBA player Isaiah Thomas". The Seattle Times. January 9, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
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