Basketball: Tough summer start for Crabbe

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.”

Jeff Faraudo

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Not surprised.

    Another year would not have done him much, however. His game doesn’t translate well to the almost-but-not-quite-basketball exhibition played in the NBA.

  • Gobears49

    “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.”

    Another year at Cal would have helped Crabbe mold his game so wouldn’t need as much help to get his shot. Right now he’s almost entirely catch and shoot and drive to the basket from the top of the key, though not the twisting shots on layups to the side of the basket. He might not get the game minutes to develop other offensive weapons, whereas he would have had that game time minutes at Cal.

    Actually, I have noticed that when I watch NBA games teams are increasingly just setting up guys around the arc who get passes for catch and shoot shots after someone drives and kicks the ball out to them. Crabbe would be a perfect catch and shoot kinda guy for that type of offense which, again, is becoming more prevalent in the NBA. Trouble is, there are a lot of people who can do that and do other things too.

  • Gobears49

    Read on a prior Faraudo blog that Geoffrey Frid is leaving. Decided to check it out, and it appears to be true. Still, was gratified that others saw some talent in Frid, including the guy who says he’s ahead of where Darrell Imhoff was at the same year in school.

    Hope he does well wherever he transfers to, assuming that he chooses to play basketball. I know I will be following him.

    See the end of the article in the link below and click on the attachment to it.

  • rollonubears

    I miss football.

  • wehofx

    JF, hope you enjoyed your vacation!

    Not surprising about AC. I am, however, still optimistic he’ll find his way in nba. For ac, imo, mental maturation will be more important than skill set development.

  • wehofx

    Football Hijack. 41 days till Cal Football.

    Seems like B McCain is in the process of working his way back onto the team!


    >>>Scott Salwasser ‏@CalCoachSal 35m

    Heavy clean & squat Mon and @BScarlett17 McCain & Nickerson were #Warriors with the iron in their hands today #CanWeHitSomebodyAlready?
    Retweeted by Damon Harrington

    Like SD, the more I learn about the new S&C coaches, the more KoolAide I drink.

    Seems like they’ve est a solid connection/rapport w the players, even as they’re kicking their asses in workouts.

  • Crawford

    Its SUMMER LEAGUE relax people, don’t judge a player and tell him he needs another year of college basketball because of a few summer league games, give me a break

  • Juancho

    Hopefully c mccain rejoins the team too.

  • Wehofx

    U mean it’s not Chris Scarlett and Brennan McCain?
    Then there’s Avery Sebastian? Or is it Sebastian Avery?
    Go Bears!

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Another year would not have helped his game all that much, especially as far as adjusting to the NBA style. He would likely have been an even later draft pick given the depth of next year’s draft, too.

    He’ll make a whole year’s worth of NBA money and gain experience this year that should keep him in the league a bit, giving him some leverage over next year’s new blood.

    It was easily the best decision for him to leave.

  • CM

    Crabbe declared as a junior, and got drafted in the second round. IMHO, if you declare early and do not get drafted in the first round, you screwed up. Plain and simple. It wasn’t a Jamal Sampson level screw up, but Crabbe did mess up. Unless next year’s draft class is certain to be so mind-blowingly incredible that there would be no chance Crabbe would be a first rounder, you do NOT leave school early if you are merely a first round/second round bubble player. You leave early if you are a guaranteed first rounder. All that being said, I hope he does catch on, and makes the team in Portland.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    CM, why?

    First round is a gauranteed contract, but second round picks go make teams AND make money, money he would not get playing for Cal. There is more than economics in the decisions, but being the 1st 2nd rounder, he’s going to be on an NBA team making money.

    And yes, next year’s class is expected to be very, very deep.

  • Ondal

    Jeff, looks like u have WordPress issues with your fonts. Sometime when u cut n paste quotes it takes the font of the website u r copying from and transfers to WordPress. To work around this, paste into the HTML box in WP, not the visual box.

    P.S. I love you.

  • Uh Huh!

    Had he stayed, there would have been LESS pressure on him and he may have really thrived. I know, you’ll say, “How much more thriving do you want – he was POY”, but I see room for him to have thrived. He could have got the upper hand on the pressure/attitude thing with everyone being a year older and Bird’s arrival, which should draw defensive attention. He could have played with more of a smile and Cal’s record could be improved and people may have come to see him in a different light. All time leading scorer, banner in the rafters. Whether he could make it in the NBA or not would always be open to a question as he competes/competed at that level – but he would have assured his college legacy, dare I say legend.

    Had he stayed, he would be missing 1 year’s salary over the life of his career, and he would have risked career ending injury.

    So, he traded the NOW for the potential of the future. It’s like that game Press Your Luck. You’ve won $200,000. Do you want to go for more? To some people, 200k is looking unbelievably good. To others, they are apt to press their luck.

  • The Wisdom Cow

    Uh Huh, he definitely might have prospered, but at best he would reach the mid-20s for first round pick, and I don’t know how his game will develope more in the Pac-12 than with decent PT in the NBA.

    But I really cocked my head over the idea he would face less pressure. He’d be the reigning POY. That carries pressure and expectations, which could have also resulted in a huge fall in the draft if his numbers drop and the team doesn’t prosper.

    Just rambling while I wait for football.

  • SteveNTexas

    One way a coach is measured is how they develop their players. Indiana is in the mix for so many top recruits because of the way Victor Olapido improved year to year. He was less touted than Crabbe as a recruit. Zeller showed improvement as well.

    I agree he should have waited another year- if he didn’t improve -then he wasn’t going to be much in the NBA anyway.

    Meanwhile have you noticed the ruckus over UTEP five star recruit Isaac Hamilton not being let out of his letter of intent. He wanted to switch to USC but now USC says they don’t want him.

  • Drizzlyboy

    Nothing against AC, but I don’t see him getting significant playing time this year. Hopefully I’m wrong. IMHO, his game doesn’t hold a candle to Ryan Anderson’s, and RA had a pretty tough time getting into the rotation initially.