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Drew Crawford - SG, 6'5, 215
Signed in Israel - Signed with Maccabi Rishon
       Date of birth: 08/18/1990
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: Northwestern
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

29th September, 2014 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Orlando.
25th October, 2014 NBA Waived by Orlando.
30th October, 2014 D-League Designated as an allocated player by Erie BayHawks.
7th August, 2015 Israel Signed a one year contract with Bnei Herzliya.
2nd August, 2016 NBA Signed an unguaranteed one year minimum salary contract with Toronto.
22nd October, 2016 NBA Waived by Toronto.
26th November, 2016 Germany Signed for the remainder of the season with Ludwigsburg.
7th August, 2017 Israel Signed a one year contract with Maccabi Rishon.
When: Where:
2009 - 2014 Northwestern (NCAA)
July 2014 New Orleans Pelicans (Summer League)
September 2014 - October 2014 Orlando Magic (NBA)
October 2014 - June 2015 Erie BayHawks (D-League)
July 2015 Orlando Magic (Summer League)
July 2015 Toronto Raptors (Summer League)
August 2015 - June 2016 Bnei Hertzeliyya (Israel)
July 2016 Toronto Raptors (Summer League)
August 2016 - October 2016 Toronto Raptors (NBA)
November 2016 - June 2017 Ludwigsburg (Germany)
August 2017 - present Maccabi Rishon (Israel)
From blog:

   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 2: NCAA Shooting Guards

Drew Crawford immediately before being sent to bed with no dinner.

Drew Crawford, Northwestern, Senior, 6'5 215lbs

2013/14 stats: 36.6 mpg, 15.7 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 0.6 spg, 0.8 bpg, 2.2 fpg, 2.2 TOpg, 40.5% FG, 32.7% 3PT, 78.1% FT

Northwestern being who they are, Crawford had to be a primary perimeter creator for them over the last few years. And it is just not who he is. At least, it is not who he should be - Crawford embraced the role of go-to guy and was more than happy to try, but he hasn't the shot creation abilities befitting the role. Much as Crawford took on the challenge of trying to score in isolation, his ball handling abilities are far too limited to do so regularly, short of raising up or driving on overplays.

Nevertheless, Crawford assumed the role as he has some tools for it. A good athlete and dunker, Crawford doesn't have to be a primary creator to have some offensive presence - a willing slasher with a nice bank shot, Crawford uses a floater, a banker and a turnaround jump shot to get shots away inside the arc. His three point stroke is merely decent, yet Crawford is a fairly good shooter off the dribble, and is best in transition, hard to keep up with when given the freedom to run (which isn't often). With long arms and a good leap, Crawford can finish above a defense. However, Crawford's slender frame make it tough for him to bump off any defender or take contact, and he lacks the nuanced handle, the changes of pace, the step-back jumper et cetera that would facilitate his driving game. He also takes some bad shots, especially jump shots, and for all those physical advantages, he has never been an especially disciplined defender. His best defensive attribute is his work on the defensive glass, but without applying much ball pressure at any point, Crawford's defensive presence is a concern rather than a strength.

Perhaps when freed from Northwestern's slightly inhibiting style, Crawford could flourish. From an NBA perspective, Crawford's length, athleticism, transition and rebounding make for an intriguing combination. But the NBA looks for three-and-D role players, and although Crawford could develop those factors of his game, he is currently neither of those things.

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Signed in Israel


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