LV Review Journal: Crawford working for spot

LV Review Journal: Crawford working for spot

Postby JSM on Wed Jul 16, 2008 8:22 pm

Steve Carp of the Las Vegas Review Journal wrote:
As a second-round draft pick, Joe Crawford knows nothing is guaranteed as far as having a future in the NBA.

If he hopes to make the Los Angeles Lakers' season-opening roster in October, he needs to start earning some Brownie points in Las Vegas this week in the NBA Summer League.

The 6-foot-5-inch guard from Kentucky knows he's under the microscope. If he doesn't perform for Lakers summer league coach Dan Panaggio now, he's likely going to find himself playing for Panaggio this fall in the NBA Development League with the L.A. D-Fenders.

"Honestly, I really don't think about that," Crawford said. "I see it as an opportunity. I feel blessed to have been drafted by the Lakers.

"I know I have to prove myself every day. I'm used to that pressure. It was the same way at Kentucky. For four years I was always having to prove myself."

Crawford scored 16 points Tuesday on 6-for-13 shooting as the Lakers lost to Philadelphia 81-73 to drop to 1-2 in the summer league. In three games, Crawford is averaging 11.3 points.

"I think I'm getting better," he said. "There's a lot to learn out here, but I think I'm handling it."
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Postby KB24 on Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:29 am

He will be in our camp, no doubt about it...I think he might get signed even...we have 10 contracts right now...5 spots to fill with cheap talent.

And Kentucky players tend to play good in the NBA too, so thats a plus.
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Postby SignPippenNow on Thu Jul 17, 2008 8:57 am

Good post. I hope Crawford sticks. I think he will be a very solid role player and as you said he is cheap plus Ky players do seem to play well in NBA for most part.
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Postby Jajwa on Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:41 am

What would guys estimate his chances at being able to effectively play maybe 5-7 mpg next year for us?
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Postby leakbrewergator on Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:43 am

Tell him to go tryout for his beloved Celtics.
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Postby Chicano on Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:33 pm

^ Are you serious? Bleep that. Get his arse off our team NOW! :mad1:
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Postby Armani on Thu Jul 17, 2008 12:43 pm

he is a third stringer at best...
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Postby Jajwa on Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:32 pm

I would tend to disagree. I think he's capable of playing second-string and getting a few minutes next year as Kobe's 2nd backup.
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Postby DahaDan on Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:20 pm

Jajwa wrote:I would tend to disagree. I think he's capable of playing second-string and getting a few minutes next year as Kobe's 2nd backup.


Phil is tough with his rookies. I doubt he will have any significance until his 3rd or even 4th year.
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Postby Jajwa on Thu Jul 17, 2008 11:27 pm

5 mpg is not really significance though.
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Postby trodgers on Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:22 am

DahaDan wrote:
Jajwa wrote:I would tend to disagree. I think he's capable of playing second-string and getting a few minutes next year as Kobe's 2nd backup.


Phil is tough with his rookies. I doubt he will have any significance until his 3rd or even 4th year.

What's "significance"?

Some recent minutes during first, second, third seasons where possible:

Cook 442, 1087, 1535
Bynum 338, 1793, 1008*
Farmar 1090, 1690
Sasha 403, 1449, 935
Luke 730, 768, 1333
Turiaf 161, 1087, 1458
Karl 71

Most PJ rookies who have anything are playing 1000 minutes by year two. That's significant, in my opinion. The over/under for a guard as a rookie with Jackson is probably about 500. Then it's about 1000 in year two.
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Postby leakbrewergator on Fri Jul 18, 2008 6:45 am

Chicano wrote:^ Are you serious? Bleep that. Get his arse off our team NOW! :mad1:


Yeah he said in an interview that he was rooting for the Celtics in the Finals. :mad1:
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Postby addwuzhere on Fri Jul 18, 2008 12:35 pm

^^^


:bang: :bang: :bang:

but in all seriosuness i like his game and think tat he could help us
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Postby JSM on Fri Jul 18, 2008 1:27 pm

leakbrewergator wrote:
Chicano wrote:^ Are you serious? Bleep that. Get his arse off our team NOW! :mad1:


Yeah he said in an interview that he was rooting for the Celtics in the Finals. :mad1:

No he didn't. He said he was rooting for both teams. The only reason he likes the Celtics is because of Rondo.
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