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The season is over and all we can do is either look back or look ahead. We’re going to take some time to look back and grade the Dallas Mavericks.
The man who’s impact on the game and numbers don’t make any sense.
Jae Crowder: 4.6 points, 33.31% 3-pt, 2.5 rebounds, .8 steals
Ace Feltman (@MFFeLtman): C Like Bailey said, Jae Crowder actually found some sort of rhythm late in the season, kicking in about March that any shot outside of a wide open spot up trey wasn’t in his or the team’s best interest. Still, as much as his defensive energy was valuable the bench, it wasn’t as helpful to back of Shawn Marion with another player who couldn’t put the ball in the basket. I hate to grade Jae so low, but it’s got everything to do with the fact that he is not a rotation player on a championship team, and that’s what we’re going for right? right?!
Brian Gosset (@Gosset41): C- Expected more from him. At times, his defense I was okay, but being the small forward, he’s going to match up with the best players on the opposing team, then when he switches, he’s either too slow or too small. Needs to work on the 3’s, had his moments. Also needs to work to drive, it would be awesome if he can mirror his game to Kenneth Faried’s.
Bailey Rogers (@BRogers789): C+ Jae Crowder was actually really not terrible down the stretch. Which was a nice change. Last season I wanted so badly for Crowder to work out, but eventually I couldn’t stop pretending that he was just all around not great at basketball. But at some point this season, Crowder learned to focus on what he was good at (defense and hustle) and avoid what he was bad at (chucking shots). And the team was better for it. Now if he can just become competent at the open, catch and shoot three-point shot, Crowder could really be an important part of the rotation.
Jose De Leon (@JoseOfLion06): C Crowder teased us so good at the start of the season by drilling three-pointers left and right. Here we go, a dynamite three-point specialist that will come in and put an end to an offensive slump and guide us to victory! But then the law of averages kicked in. I really hope Crowder can develop into something. Anything. A better than average three-point shooter or perhaps a borderline elite defender. There’s clearly potential there. I mean, the man had a few triple-doubles with the Legends. Yes, it’s the D-League but it’s not like they’re happening on a nightly basis.