The former Wolverine, and one of many to be screwed by NCAA, picked up a nice award today. He's the fourth player ever to win the Sixth Man award twice, doing it after averaging 18.6 points per game for the Clippers this season.
If you're interested in a really nice profile on Crawford, the Seattle Times published this in November. He seems like a great, likeable guy.
Congrats, Jamal. Go Blue.
Jamal Crawford of my Atlanta Hawks is absolutely tearing it up in the playoffs. The Hawks, who currently lead the series against the Magic 3-1, has gotten significant contributions from my personal 6th man of the year. According to the commentator during the game tonight, Jamal Crawford is the first bench player since 1991 to score 20+ points in 4 straight playoff games. The last guy to do it was Kevin McHale.
For the playoffs, he's averaging 31 min, 24 pts, and has an Assist:Turnover Ratio of 3.2. His overall FG% is 47%, but he's shooting an insane 57% from beyond the arc, including that crazy banked 3 at the end of game 3 to go up 4 and ice the victory (one end-of-game bank I can get behind).
Aside from Jamal, the only other former Michigan player in these playoffs is Juwan Howard, who's averaging a couple minutes per game for the Heat.
Title pretty much says it all. Jamal has turned out to be a damn good NBA player. I'm rooting for him and his Hawks in the playoffs!
So the NBA playoffs are finally here! I actually care because my home team (the Atlanta Hawks) are decent and have made yet another playoff run.
So who do you like to win it all? Conference finals?
Hawks have a relatively easy road, with the Bynum-less Bucks in round 1. Second round, though, is a toughy. No one to match up against Dwight Howard; struggles on the road (although spectacular at home); and haven't proven they can beat the top 2 teams in the east (Magic, Cavs) consistently (only 1 win against each in the regular season and, in the Cavs game yesterday, both teams basically benched all their starters). Ray of hope against the Magic is that the Hawks were winless against Boston in the regular season 2 years ago, but managed to take them to 7 games. Should the Hawks get past Orlando, chances aren't good against the Cavs (sweep last year in the playoffs still hurts). If Boston somehow manages to upset Cleveland (not likely), I like the Hawks chances.
As it is, I'll go out on a limb and say Hawks to the Eastern Conference Finals. Cavs over Jazz in the championship.