Eric Patten, beat writer for the Los Angeles Clippers asked All-Star forward from the Portland Trail Blazers LeMarcus Aldridge if he thought his ex-teammate Jamal Crawford was the Sixth Man of The Year.
I asked LaMarcus Aldridge if @JCrossover is the Sixth Man of the Year. He said: “Definitely right now. He’s been playing great for them”
— Eric Patten (@EricPatten) February 15, 2014
Crawford teamed up with Aldridge in Portland for the 2011-2012 NBA season, a season Crawford would like to forget statistically, with career lows in a few meaningful categories. Crawford did take away something from Portland, he befriended the big fella Aldridge, a friendship they have continued.
The 33 year old guard has flourished with the Clippers the past NBA campaigns. With injuries to J.J. Redick and Chris Paul, Crawford has been asked to play more of a scoring and caring a leadership role. Head coach Doc Rivers is playing Crawford less minutes than he is used to playing, but with a plus/minus of 17.81 shows a vast contribution, he’s not complaining either. Crawford didn’t start one game last season under Vinny Del Negro, yet he’s made 18 starts thus far due to the Clippers frequent injuries. Redick is expected to return after the break and stay health which will keep Crawford coming off the bench.
At this moment in the season, Crawford is the overwhelming favorite to win the Sixth Man of The Year for the second time is in career. We shall see what happens the remainder of the season.