Numerous reports have the Utah Jazz acquiring Jae Crowder from Cleveland in a deal that sent Rodney Hood to the Cavaliers. There is no confirmation from the team. However, here is a Jae Crowder breakdown
Crowder is 6’6 235 pounds. He plays both the small forward and the stretch 4. He can guard anyone from a point guard to a power forward. He is averaging 9 pts, 3 rebs and 1 ast in 25 minutes in Cleveland. Last year in Boston he had a career year, averaging 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
17-18 PAAC: -.1 (41.5% of possessions as a three-point shot and 8.5% to the line)
16-17 PAAC: 1.5 (44% of possessions as a three-point shot and 10.7% to the line)
15-16 PAAC: +.6 (36.3% of possessions as a three-point shot and 10.5% to the line)
14-15 PAAC: -.3 (32% of possessions as a three-point shot and 9.4% to the line)
His PAAC in the 16-17 season was outstanding because of shot making. However, it is noticeable that he is always near average because he has great possessions distribution. To use 40% of your possessions as a three-point shot and 10% of your possessions at the line is unique. This year only Steph Curry has accomplished this of players playing at least 20 minutes a night. Last year, Jae Crowder, Richard Jefferson, and DJ Augustin were the only players to achieve that possession usage.
WHAT KIND OF SHOOTER IS HE?
Last year, he hit on 39.8% of his three-point shots which was above his career average of 34.4%. Using the rule of 750 (Nylon Calculus rule that you don’t know someone shooting until they take 750) is interesting because he is about to hit 1,500 three attempts so we have a new 750 to evaluate. His last 750 three-point attempts he is a 36% three point shooter. Therefore, it should be anticipated that over a large sample size he is 36% three point shooter.
His Corner 3 shooting has had a wide variance the last three years from 33.7% 2 years ago to 46% his last year in Boston to 35% this year in Cleveland.
Hi above the break shooting has also swung from 94 of 278 (33.4%) two years ago to 114 of 300 (38%) his last year in Boston to 43 of 136 (31.6%) this year in Cleveland.
He is a catch and shoot three point shooter. He is 57 of 162 on catch and shoot this year but just 3 of 18 off the bounce. This was not the case last year when he was a 40% catch and shoot player (128 of 319) and a 40% off the bounce three-point shooter (29 of 72) .
Last year he was a 41% three point shooter when a defender was 4 or more feet away. This year he is 28% if a defender is within 4 to 6 feet and 38% if 6 feet or more.
His career numbers make him an average mid-range shooter. Though he doesn’t take very many mid-range shots, only 15% of his shots this season and 20% of his shot last year.
IS SOMETHING WRONG OR IS IT STYLE OF PLAY FROM BOSTON TO CLEVELAND?
This year he doesn’t have a dunk, after having 13 the year before and 19 the season before that. It may be the style of play. In Boston, he drew 104 shooting fouls two years ago and 84 last year. This year he has only drawn 37 in only 20 fewer games than a year ago. In the last two years he had 46 and ones and this year he has just 4
He was a great plus-minus in Boston and has not been in Cleveland.
In Boston, he had amazing cut numbers according to Synergy. He was 98th percentile, but in Cleveland, he has not been as effective though still solid in the 55th percentile.
In Boston, he got 10% of his play types off screens and in Cleveland, it is just 5% according to Synergy. He is well above average off screens.
In Boston, he was used as a pick and roll ball handler and a setter and in Cleveland, he is only used as a pick and roll pick setter. In Boston, he was used a receiver on handoffs and the setter on a handoff. In Cleveland, he was only used as the setter on handoffs and has not received a handoff this season.
He has 68 drives this year and is averaging 1.10 pts per direct drive. In Boston, he had 146 and averaged .99 pts per direct drive.
WHAT POSITION IS HE?
According to Basketball-Reference, he played mostly 3 in the regular season in Boston and then mostly 4 in the playoffs and in the playoffs he averaged 14 pts, 6 rebounds, 3 assists while shooting 43.5% FG and 35.2% from three-point range. He played 33 minutes a game in 18 playoff games last year.
ANY CHANCE HE JUST GOT OLD AT 27 YEARS OLD?
His steal percentage has dropped both of the last two years from around 2.5% to 1.5%
His usage rate and assist rate are down in Cleveland from Boston
In Boston, he had a rebounding rate of 17% on the defensive glass which is ok, in Cleveland it is down to 10.8% which is awful.
He is good rim finisher. The last three years he has been 70%, 74% and 68%. The rim finishing numbers would lead you to believe he has not aged.
Crowder is an elite player around the basket and has been in both Boston and Cleveland. Shooting 66% on non-post ups around the basket this year, top 10% in NBA. Last year, he was 69%
He is awesome on offensive rebound put-backs in the 99th percentile according to synergy.
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