Celtics’ Trade for Jordan Crawford Will Help Celtics Down Stretch

The Boston Celtics may not have added a much-needed big guy to help out Kevin Garnett, but they did add some bench depth to help the Celtics the rest of the 2012-13 season. The trade sent Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins for the sharp-shooting Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards. Barbosa will be out the rest of the season with an ACL injury and Collins won’t get much playing time behind Emeka Okafor and Nene

If you ask me, it is a win-win for both sides. For the Celtics, they get an extra body coming off the bench who will play in the frontcourt with the likes of Avery Bradley and Jason Terry. The Washington Wizards move a player who has had trouble dealing with a limited role with the likes of Bradley Beal and John Wall playing on the same team.

If Crawford can earn his way into a significant amount of playing time down the stretch, then the Celtics will be a serious threat to move up the ladder to maybe a fifth seed by the end of the season. He can carry the team with his three-point shot at times, but if he starts to struggle Doc Rivers will need to sit him down for a chat.

The worst possible scenario is if Crawford starts to become lackadaisical and doesn’t play his role on the green team. Terrence Williams should re-sign after his 10-day contract is up and Crawford is competing with Williams for a solid amount of time off the bench. The young shooting guard has the potential to put up double figures off the  the bench for this team, but if he doesn’t have the right mind frame, then Rivers will not be afraid to bench him.

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