First Thoughts on Jordan Crawford

Friday, June 25, 2010
By Jon Newberry

And you thought it was confusing having a Joe Smith to go along with Josh Smith…

Last night the Hawks acquired the draft rights to Jordan Crawford (no relation to Jamal Crawford) who was taken with the 27th pick of the 2010 NBA Draft.

Let me put it out their up front, I grew up in Cincinnati and have been a Xavier fan my whole life, so I am a little biased when I say I like this kid. However, “kid” might be a little misleading. While Jordan was technically a sophomore last season, he will turn 22 before the season begins after attending military school for a year and redshirting a year after transferring from Indiana.

Now let’s get down to what he can bring to the court. Jordan is a scorer, first and foremost. He can score in a variety of was with the only common criticism being that he doesn’t get to the charity stripe often enough. He has good range with his shot and is an excellent ball handler. He averaged 20.5 points a game for the season, and increased that average to almost 30 points during Xavier’s run to the sweet-16 in March. He was named an All-American (3rd team) by the Sporting News.  

There was a draft party held in his home town of Detroit last night and Xavier coach Chris Mack posted this twitpic as Jordan’s name was announced.

What they are saying around the web:

Fanhouse: “The Hawks came in with the No. 24 pick, and used it to trade down to pick Jordan Crawfordand some cash. They could have just taken Crawford at 24 and gotten away with it, so good on GM Rick Sund for working to maximize the asset. In the second round, Atlanta took mysterious Senegalese project Pape Sy. The team didn’t address more immediate frontcourt depth issues, but Crawford’s a fine pull given what the team had to work with. Final Grade: B+.”

Bonus: A lot of you probably remember that Jordan first gained notoriety for dunking on LeBron at a camp a couple summer’s ago. Here is Jordan talking about that experience: