Jamal Crawford is one of the greatest sixth men in the history of the game. His offensive outbursts off the bench always came handy when trying to pull off with a big lead or even try and get back in games that seemed out of reach before he subbed in.
Crawford has some of the sickest handles this game has ever seen. He’s a crafty dribbler that can put defenders on skates, even at his age. There’s no understandable reason as to why he still remains unsigned despite the league’s decision to expand the rosters.
But with all the players testing positive for the coronavirus and some others leaning towards sitting out the remainder of the season, perhaps the savvy veteran will finally have another shot at the league. So, who should sign him? Let’s break it down:
The Milwaukee Bucks are the team to beat in the East this season and the betting favorites to win it all. But we all know Mike Budenholzer’s team tend to underperform in the playoffs, and the Bucks will need a guy that can create his own shot when defenses start focusing on Giannis Antetokoumpo
The Bucks also need veterans that won’t hesitate to take a big shot in the playoffs. They’re one of the best round-up teams in the league with a great roster overall. Still, it won’t hurt them to have one of the coldest assassins of the past decade on their squad.
Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard needs all the help he can get if the Portland Trail Blazers want to have a shot at making the playoffs. They have a pretty tough schedule vs. teams trying to qualify for the postseason and adding Crawford would give them a much-needed boost.
Carmelo Anthony is apparently still undecided about whether to sit out the Orlando bubble or not. If that’s the case, they shouldn’t wait for a second longer and just pick up the phone to call J-Crossover. He’ll be thrilled to join them and he’s nearby the Seattle area.
The Boston Celtics have plenty of mouths to feed in the offensive end of the floor. They’ve got Kemba Walker, Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, and Enes Kanter to go along with a solid team defense orchestrated by Brad Stevens.
What they don’t have, however, is a hardnosed veteran to lead them through the storm. They need someone to come off the bench and keep the momentum going and putting up points on the scoreboard. Also, Marcus Smart could hide his defensive flaws.
The Houston Rockets proved that they were all-in on the small-ball after trading away Clint Capela earlier on the season. They don’t have a true center besides Tyson Chandler, which means they might as well add even more firepower to their roster.
Mike D’Antoni features an up-tempo, run-happy offense that would perfectly suit Crawford’s game. He loves to pull up from beyond the arc early on the shot clock, draw contact and create potential four-point plays and is a great playmaker, so he’d be of great help when either Westbrook or Harden are on the bench.
Los Angeles Clippers
And, obviously, no other place would make more sense than the Los Angeles Clippers. He played a huge part in the ‘Lob City’ era and already knows how to play under Doc Rivers’ system. They don’t actually need him but they kind of owe him the chance.
I mean, Reggie Jackson and Lou Williams would log most minutes off the bench for the Clippers, that’s a fact. But hey, a streaky scorer like Crawford could also be of help when they’re in need of a bucket. It would be great to see him play for a Championship before retiring.