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Jamal Crawford – Stay or Go?

We already know Nellie’s answer to this question, but I want yours. He has only been with the team for 48 games. But the Warriors are going to have to decide on what to do with him this offseason, assuming he doesn’t opt out.


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THE CASE FOR JAMAL CRAWFORD TO STAY


The off-the-court qualities are unquestionable. Trouble-free guy. Great personality. Charitable. Good representative for the team. Considering one of the reasons the Warriors had concern about Baron Davis was his off-the-court qualities, it seems that is important to the Warriors. With guys like Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson on the team, the Warriors could use a model citizen in the mix. Crawford doesn’t drink, smoke or party. He doesn’t pop-off to the media. And he’s the consummate teammate.
On the court, he’s the best point guard the Warriors have and perhaps the best they can get. Elite point guards are hard to come by, and the Warriors gave up theirs. The chances they go out and get another one is slimmer than Crawford.
When it comes to talent, he’s got plenty of it, and he’s still eager to learn more. He brings a flair to the game that fits the Warriors’ style of play. He can play both guard posititions (though he’d have to spend the offseason working on his spot-up jumper) and he can get you 25 no sweat.
Most important, in the fourth quarter, Crawford is the only guy they have on the team who can reliably get the shot he wants for himself or for someone else. And he’s a proven clutch player. According to 82games.com, Crawford is ninth in the league in clutch scoring (behind Kobe, Lebron, D-Wade, Carmelo, Chris Paul, Nate Robinson, Dirk Nowitzki and Brandon Roy; FYI: Maggette is the next Warrior at 44; Last year, Jackson was 10th and BD was 17th).

THE CASE FOR JAMAL CRAWFORD TO GO

It doesn’t seem like he and Monta Ellis can play together (even Nellie thinks so, hence him deeming Jax the shooting guard and pushing Crawford out the door). Since the Warriors have committed $66 million to Ellis, then Crawford is obviously the one who has to go. The Warriors simply need a better defender to play next to Monta, who is a liability on defense. Two liabilities in the same backcourt is a recipe for disaster.
Crawford has not displayed the beast we are used to from Baron. If he is going to be the point guard, he needs to be obviously in control. He does too much deferring and side-stepping. He’s too nice in that sense. Somebody needs to be able to get Jax under control, reign in Ellis from time-to-time, keep Anthony Randolph from bubbling over. Maybe that comes with time, or maybe he just doesn’t have it in him. The Warriors need it though.
But since Ellis has been deemed the point guard, keeping Crawford would mean he plays the shooting guard (until Nellie switches back). He’s not a good enough spot up shooter to play the two-guard for the Warriors. Jason Richardson worked himself into a good spot up shooter. Maybe Crawford can. But now, he is hardly as effective when Monta is running the point and Nellie shoves him in the corner or on the wing while Ellis or Jackson runs the pick-and-roll. Crawford is better with the ball in his hands, making plays happen. The problem is, so is Ellis, though he can get his without running the point so much as he did with Baron.

Enough of me talking. What do you think? Should Crawford stay or go?

Cast your vote here

Marcus Thompson

  • Joaq

    Crawford has to go. Ideally he can go for draft picks and expiring contracts. The Warriors really need some flexibility right now and a commitment to the youth. They need to get rid of at least two of the big contracts that Monta, Andris, Jax, Mags, and Crawford have.

    In terms of Philosophy, it’s true things have to change, it’s also true that the personnel pieces are there. I’d like to see what a good front office and coach combo could do with this team.

  • Lufty455

    It is not Crawford who has the problem it is Nelson.
    This reminds me of the Webber situation.
    Nelson still commands the lime light.
    Dude needs to retire and enjoy all the millions he stole from Cuban and Cohen.
    Have you guys heard his interview?
    It is all about Nelson and not the team.
    All the people that think he is a great coach can jump off the bridge.
    Phil Jackson, Pat Riley, Paps are great coaches.
    You can even put Doc Rivers because he had to deal with Pierce’s ego in Boston.
    Those guys won a title(s) with a team.
    Do right thing Cohen and fire Nelson and Rowell and then maybe sell the team to Mullin or someone that cares about the fans and basketball itself.

  • rcjur

    Nellie is the one that needs to GO!! Monta and Jamal in the backcourt can exist and be good. The problem with this team is Jax is the shooter and Monta got to get his! Adding Jamal as a scorer too and finding a true center with Defense (ie: Diop and or Camby), this team would be good. Especially with the young talent at forward and Morrow. This unit is good. Its just no starting center with defense the a coach who with several players, even way back with John Starks loves to screw player’s around. Nellie needs to retire and Jamal is a better PG than Monta. You don’t treat good NBA player’s like he has always done. Fire the coach!

  • Jerry West

    “Its just no starting center with defense the a coach who with several players, even way back with John Starks loves to screw player’s around.”

    Uh….”Rcjur”……..what the fuck did you mean by the statement above.

    I mean I cannot understand a word you were trying to write……….you must not have gone to college………your writing and grammar is about as bad as a 14 year old.

  • illieeee

    Crawford was the one that kept the team together this whole season while Monta was gone…yeah Monta is the best player..but Crawford is a good backup..where would the Warriors be now if it wasnt for him this season with Monta out for so long? I personally think we need a new coach..the guys all contribute well and play a good ball game..but never make it in the last few minutes in fourth quarter..tells us something…

    i say keep him.