Shot selection is the number one priority for guard Jordan Crawford to work on this summer if he wants to improve his game and be a major contributor to the Wizards in 2012-13. Undeniably, Crawford can score the ball, but his decision-making offensively, especially when and where he shoots the ball, has to get better.
WhenCrawfordplays within himself and doesn't try to force the issue offensively, he is a threat. But when he brings the ball up,doesn'tlook to pass and jacks up a deep shot, it doesn't help the team.
The 6'-4" Crawford hoisted 273 three-pointers, making only 79 of them for just 29 percent. For the season, Crawfordaveraged14 points on just 40 percent shooting. Crawford started 32 games as the team's shooting guard andaveraged16 points a game.
Crawford scored20-plus points in seven straight games in March, but the Wizards won only one of those games.When in a flow, Crawford can be explosive. In a late April win over Milwaukee, Crawford scored 32 points to beat a Bucks team that still had hopes for the playoffs.
What will coach Randy Wittman want Crawford to do this off-season to improve his shot selection? For starters,Crawfordshould watch a lot of tape on some of the better shooting guards in the league who constantly move without the ball -- such as Ray Allen of Boston. Or even go back in the files and watch Indiana's Reggie Miller, who constantly ran off screens and put his defender through his paces.
Crawford is much better as a catch and shoot player rather than create his own shot,especiallyfrom distance.
WillCrawfordbe the starter next season? With the Wizards seriously considering taking a 2 guard with the third overall selection, Crawford may be headed back to the bench. If that plays out, Crawfordcould be a microwave off the bench with instant offense.Crawfordalso can handle the ball and could be used as back-up point guard to starter John Wall next season.
Crawford has incredibleconfidence in his game but he must take better shots. If he can find a happy medium, the Wizards will be happy.