Crawford Thriving in Clippers Bench Role
(Jamal) Crawford is among the big men on the Clippers’ campus, leading the NBA in bench scoring and building buzz as the probable sixth man of the year and a possible All-Star reserve.
“It’s weird to even be coming off the bench and hear All-Star talk,” Crawford said. “That’s pretty cool.”
Crawford has made being a reserve fashionable since he started doing it three years ago with the Hawks, averaging 18 points on the way to becoming the league’s sixth man of the year.
“He’s treated like a star,” said Barnes, the reserve forward who often plays alongside Crawford. “They’re sending two guys at him, sometimes three, and shading him, and he knows when there’s that much attention on him that someone else is going to be open. I’ve been the recipient of a lot of his good passes.”