If any decent HS player cannot play defense in the nba then what they do is irrelevant to discussion and Doc took out plenty of players for missed assignments but he is also been in during some of our biggest runs of the past two seasons as well.
Second, guys have always stood around and watched Jamal because he goes into his dribbling shows. They know the ball isn't coming out, that he is going to take some sort of shot, so they have learned to stand and watch. If he goes to the hoop he will sometimes pass, though not often.
Jamal has a great handle but outside of running out the clock he tends to make quick moves. As I posted earlier 55% of jamals shot attempts were assisted and he passes just fine for a SG off the bench. This is your bias talking as opposed to something grounded in reality of what is actually occurring.
Third, he is very helpful at times in getting us wins. His lack of defensive interest also hurts us as well. On a net basis I think he is a plus, but not much of one.
Ill just take Docs word that jamal's defense has been much approved and that for the most part he's always where he is supposed to be. Does he have his lapses YES just as everyone else does its just that his gets nitpicked more than most by people who don't like him
Fourth, I have never liked him as a player for the reasons stated above. I have listened to him many times in interviews and he seems like a great guy with his head on right, but I have never been a fan of his style of play. He plays the game like Kobe, dominating the ball and taking tough shots, but he doesn't do it as well as Kobe and he doesn't defend anywhere near the way Kobe defends.
Obviously, all assessments any of us makes is biased based on our level of understanding of the game and what we like in a player. Jamal is a great talent, but I don't think most NBA GM's perceive him as a winner and someone they really want. These guys talk to each other and Jamal has become a journeyman for a reason. That is, he's not enough of an asset to be someone you want to build around (when he was younger) or keep on your winning team now that he's older.
And the 80-million he's made could have been a lot more if he did more to help his teams win; defend, assist, lead. I'm sure he's not crying about it, although apparently he wants an extension, so maybe he is.
Crawford doesn't dominate the ball nearly as much as he is called upon to bail out the offense and that is a HUGE difference. Crawford is performing his role as defined by the coach and doing it very well. There is no way he could do what he does without the backing and support of his teammates and coaches.
And now you are mindreading NBA Gms to the point that you believe that if we released Crawford him right now no team that wants to win would want him because they don't think they could win with him?
Crawford played for the Bulls for 4 years and was sign and traded to the knicks where he played a another 4 years
Crawford was traded from the knicks to GS for the sole reason of clearing cap for Lebron as was the reason Z-bo was traded to us
Crawford was traded from GS to the Hawks A. because they already had a slew of guards and took Crawford for Harrington who into it with Don nelson B. because Jamal agreed to drop his player option and become the hawks 6th man
Crawford was great with the hawks but they paid Joe Johnson a 125 million and couldn't afford another big contract on the perimeter. There was also the situation of the the lockout and the fact that the hawks didn't want to do any sign and trades and take back any salary because of their market. Twolves,Pacers,Bulls,all wanted him at the MLE or better but the Hawks wouldn't do a S&T which is ironically the same situation we are running into now with players
Crawford signed with the Blazers for one year hoping to hit free agency again and was considered a steal. he apparently chose the Blazers because he friends with Mcmillan since he was a kid in Seattle, it was close ,to home and one of his best nba friends Aldridge played there as well as one of his best childhood friends Brandon Roy.
So please tell me where is this negative perception that he sucked or no one wanted him? I don't think people understand that a nba journeyman is someone who is signing short term deals doing whatever they takes to stay in the league. Crawford has never been in any danger of being out of the league or playing for the minimum. Jamal Crawford has only been at true free agent twice in his career. Once during the lockout and then the following year when he signed with us
If Jamal was chasing money he could have simply stayed with the Warriors and then used his player option and hit the market back when the biggest guards on the market were Livingston,B. Gordon,D. West,and J.R Smith but he chose to join a playoff team and be the 6th man