Are the Sixers Ready to Replace Lou Williams?
Jamal Crawford officially informed the Trail Blazers that he will opt out and become a free agent this summer - why is this significant?
According to CSNNW.com, citing a league source, the Trail Blazers are shopping Crawford, and the Sixers are among the teams that are interested in his service. The 12-year veteran has averaged 15.3 points per game over his career andaveraged 14 last season off the bench.
Crawford would essentially take the place of Lou Williams who officially opted out of the final year of his contract with the 76ers.
Is this a trade off you would be willing to make?
I would. Here is why:
First off, Crawford is 6-foot-5, while Williams is just 6-1. Crawford gives the Sixers some size at the guard spot coming off the bench. While he is five years older then Williams, he is a better shooter and scorer - he once lead the NBA in three-point-percentage.
One area where Crawford is really poor is on the defensive end. He is a horrible defender, but Williams isn't very good either (just ask Andre Iguodala). However at 6-5, he is quick enough to play with NBA point guards.
On offense Crawford rarely attacks the paint but excels at drawing fouls on jumpers. He is a slick-handling, shoot-first combo guard with great quickness but will force shots.
If all things are equal in terms of cost - I will take a chance on Crawford over bringing back Williams.