The New Orleans Pelicans look to shore up issues scoring outside of the big three, by signing D-League standout Jordan Crawford to a 10-Day Contract.
The New Orleans Pelicans are still active in their search for help scoring the basketball.
New Orleans made the announcement today that the team will sign Jordan Crawford to a 10-Day Contract.
Jordan Crawford is currently averaging 23.5 points and 3.5 assists in 37 NBA D-League games this season. Those stats come off his 47.3 percent shooting from the field and 35.5 percent shooting from behind the arc. He is averaging 2.6 makes from deep on his 7.4 attempts per contest.
The New Orleans Pelicans are still searching for a wing, to go alongside their trio of stardom. However, the lack of scoring of their previous pickups leaves the team stuck in search mode. Instead of going for a veteran or established role player, the Pels are now looking towards a scoring specialist.
Jordan Crawford has plenty of NBA experience. Since 2010, Crawford has seen playing time for the Hawks, Wizards, Celtics and Warriors. In all four of his complete NBA seasons, he put up at least 10 points per game. He also shot over 40 percent from the field in all but one of them.
His long range shooting leaves a lot to be desired, as his NBA averages eclipsed 30 percent in just two of his full campaigns. However, he is certainly not afraid to take the shot, averaging at least three long range attempts per game in all four of his NBA seasons.
The New Orleans Pelicans are making it no secret what they are still looking for:
Scoring and Floor Spacing.
This is a team that is averaging just over 100 points per contest since trading for DeMarcus Cousins. That average would rank them as the third worst offense in the league, compared to the teams averages this season.
The Pelicans have not found out the answer to their scoring woes, due to the fact their floor spacers are not hitting their wide open looks. They lack a pure scoring threat role player. The hope is that Jordan Crawford’s NBA experience and willingness to shoot can fill that role.
Crawford could get his chance to show what he’s capable of tonight, as he is eligible to participate in tonight’s contest.
This is another chance for Crawford, who has been playing overseas and in the NBA D-League since the 2014-2015 season. He is still just 28 years old and looking to prove he can still play in the big leagues. This is his chance to show that once again, on a team that desperately needs his offensive output. It’s a win-win risk for both sides, who hope to find a pairing that could end up being a “Diamond in the Rough” deal. It is all up to Jordan Crawford to show his potential and give the New Orleans Pelicans’ brass a point-producing skill set they can not pass on, for the future of their franchise blueprint.