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."