Update: Sadly, Clippers fans, Jamal Crawford was bypassed for this year’s squad.
At 7pm tonight (Thursday), the remainder of the NBA All-Star team will be named. With two Clippers players among the five Western Conference starters (Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, joining Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard), we’d like to make our case for a third, Jamal Crawford.
Since acquiring Crawford from Portland during the offseason, the Clippers bench, according to HoopData, has improved from 14th last season to 2nd in the league in scoring, and 2nd in defensive efficiency. Crawford’s ability to provide instant scoring and create his own shot is one of the key reasons for such improvement. At the midway point of this season, he has averaged 16.6 points, 2.5 assists, and almost 2 rebounds per game in just under 29 minutes. Crawford has also shown versatility by playing backup point guard during Chris Paul’s absence due to knee injury and is a vocal leader in the locker room. Indeed, outside of San Antonio’s Manu Ginobli, there isn’t a more productive player in the league than Crawford, who is so versatile that he can run with big or small lineups. Oklahoma City Coach Scotty Brooks has already gone on record as naming Crawford to the team on his ballot.
It’s our hope here at FullyClips that the rest of the coaches follow Brooks’ lead and add the league’s best 6th man!
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