Seeing as he never won an MVP or was named an All-Star, Jamal Crawford is one of the most popular “roleplayers” in NBA history. A high-scoring point guard/shooting guard hybrid who could drop 30-plus at a moment’s notice, Crawford is the king of translating pick-up moves to the NBA.
His highlights can still be found circulating Twitter on any given afternoon.
Jamal Crawford was a human highlight reel
Crawford’s NBA career spanned over 20 years and nine different teams. He defines what a journeyman looks like in professional sports, constantly moving around each offseason. Crawford found success with most of the teams he played for during his career, but his peak undoubtedly came with the Los Angeles Clippers.
A member of the famous “Lob City” Clippers team, Crawford played alongside Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan. The flashy guard averaged 15.3 points per game during his five-year Clippers career and won two Sixth Man of the Year awards.
Crawford’s impact on this team is what vaulted him into the national spotlight consistently. Plenty of NBA fans tuned into Lob City Clippers games primarily to see what tricks Crawford would be breaking out coming off the bench.
Crawford won an additional Sixth Man of the Year award in 2010 and the NBA’s “Teammate of the Year” award in 2018.
The veteran guard hasn’t hung up the shoes quite yet
While Crawford hasn’t appeared in an NBA game since 2020, he’s yet to retire formally. In fact, all signs point toward the veteran guard wanting to make a return sooner rather than later.
Crawford runs a “pro-am” (professional-amateur) summer basketball league in Seattle, nicknamed “The Crawsover,” a league that he still regularly participates in himself. It’s one of the more prestigious pro-am leagues out there (some of them aren’t all that competitive). Crawford appears to be holding his own when matched up against talent like Kevin Durant and Chris Paul, who participated in past events.
Crawford is in shape and is still playing basketball regularly, and his recent social media activity only further suggests that he isn’t done with the NBA.
Jamal Crawford keeps teasing a return to the NBA
This isn’t the first time Crawford has teased a return to action, and it won’t be the last. The 20-year veteran didn’t outright state that he wants to return to professional basketball, but the subtle hint toward his current ability is a good clue.
In April, Crawford told “NetsDaily” that he contacted a few teams about possible 10-day contracts during the 2020-21 season. He’s undoubtedly looked into making a return to the NBA over the past few months. With free agency underway and teams around the league currently hunting for bench depth, it’s not unreasonable to assume he’s continuing to have conversations with interested teams.
The Los Angeles Lakers recently worked out veteran point guards Darren Collison and Isaiah Thomas — why not throw Crawford into that mix?
All stats courtesy of Basketball Reference.