After hitting seven threes against the New Orleans Pelicans, Jamal Crawford broke the Los Angeles Clippers franchise record for most threes made in a season.
The previous record, 149 made threes, was also held by Jamal Crawford as he topped Rasaul Butler‘s 145 three-point effort during the 2012-13 season. Due to the change in the offensive philosophy, Crawford’s three-point output increased compared to last season. When Jamal made 149 threes in ’12-13, he did it in 76 games where he averaged 29.3 minutes and 5.2 three-point attempts per game. This season, Crawford broke the record in 64 games where he’s averaging 30.4 minutes and 6.5 three-point attempts per contest. And the reality is that Crawford’s 2012-13 record could have been toppled a few games ago had he not missed several games due to calf injury.
The Clippers history books wasn’t the only place Crawford moved up with his performances against the Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks. With 1689 made threes in his career, Crawford moves ahead of Steve Nash on the NBA’s all-time three-point made list, making him eleventh behind the likes of Dale Ellis, Peja Stojakovic, Rashard Lewis and Vince Carter.
Another indication of Crawford’s shooting prowess is how he’s stacked up to his peers since joining the NBA. Drafted 8th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2001, only Ray Allen (2258) and Jason Terry (1780) have made more three-pointers than Jamal Crawford in the given time period.
Despite being 34, Crawford hasn’t shown any indication of slowing down. He’s having his best scoring season since 2008-09 when he was a member of the New York Knicks and his game doesn’t look to be declining. If he looks to play well into his late thirties, hopefully remaining with the Clippers under Doc Rivers tutelage, he’ll continue to make his way up and into the record books.