I’m back from some vacation and thought I’d update you on former Cal star Allen Crabbe, who didn’t exactly set the Las Vegas Summer League on fire for his new NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers.
The reigning Pac-12 Player of the Year and Blazers rookie averaged 4.8 points and 3.2 rebounds as Portland finished the week with a 1-5 record. Crabbe shot 30 percent (12 for 40) from the field, just 23.5 percent (4 for 17) from 3-point range. He averaged about 26 minutes per game.
“Just got some experience, that’s it. Don’t really feel like I played that great overall, but I know everything is not going to come right away,” Crabbe told the Trail Blazers web site. “I’ve just got to get the experience and just find my spots. It’s a process for me. I understand that certain things do come faster for others. The only thing I can focus on is working on the things I need to work on so I can improve and do whatever I can do to help contribute.”
Crabbe’s most productive game was Saturday’s summer-league finale, when he had nine points and seven rebounds in a 72-66 loss to Minnesota. But he shot just 4 for 13, making one of seven from beyond the arc.
“Allen didn’t get a lot of shots early. He’s a guy that needs the help of others to get him looks. We didn’t have a lot of (plays) in,” said Nate Tibbetts, who coached the Blazers’ summer team.
“Coach (Terry) Stotts’ offensive system, there’s a lot of moving pieces and he’ll get open looks as the year goes on and he’ll get open looks as the year goes on and he finds his way.”