Why the Sixers Should Take a Chance on Crawford


Jamal Crawford has his sights set on playing for the city of brotherly love next season, and the Sixers should give him a chance. Despite having two franchise stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Sixers are still lacking shooting and veteran leadership. Now, I know the Sixers just resigned J.J. Redick, who has a game very similar to Crawford, but would it hurt to have another veteran shooter coming off the bench? Crawford would provide much needed scoring if he were to replace Jerryd Bayless on the roster. Last season with the Timberwolves, Crawford’s numbers did slide a little, as he averaged 10.3 points (41.4% FG, 33.1 % 3Pt), 2.3 assists, and 1.2 rebounds.

Despite a decline in statistics, the 38-year-old is still a three-time NBA Sixth Man of the Year (2010, 2014, 2016) and has been in the association since the turn of the century. While some people may shy away from Crawford due to his age, he can add much-needed veteran leadership to the Sixers’ locker room. Crawford would be honored to play for the Sixers as he mentioned to Brandon Robinson on Scoop B Radio:

“I’ve always loved coach Brett Brown. I’ve been on record. I’ve been a fan of his for years. He just needed talent, and now he has that. He added Ben Simmons, I love his game. I love Jojo [Joel Embiid]. They’re both among my favorite players in the league to watch. Markelle [Fultz] is like a little brother to me. Obviously, he went to the University of Washington, and we talk every other day. J.J. Redick is like a brother to me, we’ve been through wars together, so there’s so many things to love about Philadelphia for sure.”

Speaking of Fultz, the former number one overall pick is still coming off a “shoulder” injury which caused him to play only 14 games last season. A one-year deal for Crawford would be a great and a relatively cheap insurance policy for Fultz. Crawford could also help mold the young guard from Washington by helping him with his shooting form and ball handling. Crawford is known to have one of the more killer crossovers in the game, as he is commonly referred to as “J Crossover.” Here are some of Crawford’s best moments with the Minnesota Timberwolves last season:




About Darrien Null

Hometown: Strasburg, PA. Contributor for Sixers Lead.

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