Originally posted on Hoopinion  |  Last updated 10/10/11
Previously: Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Al Horford, Rick Sund, Larry Drew Quite predictably, Jamal Crawford couldn't muster back-to-back career years. Without the freedom Mike Woodson granted him to focus on scoring (and nothing but) Crawford turned back into the player he'd always been. Crawford's 2009-10 season was a remarkable gift that provided a surprisingly substantial return on the $19 million the Hawks paid him over the last two seasons. (As did the 123 points he scored against the Magic in the first round of the 2011 playoffs.) Make no mistake, the 2010-11 regular provided a lengthy look at a typical Jamal Crawford season.CrawfordPts/36TS%Ast/36TO/36Usg Rate2009-1020.957.33.52.025.82010-1116.954.53.82.323.4Career17.252.64.42.323.4Even as he went about winning the Sixth Man of Year award, the conventional wisdom regarding Crawford held true -- he's useful when his shots go in; he's useless when they don't. Given his limitations as a decision-maker when given the responsibility...
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