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Player season in review: Jordan Crawford

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Player season in review: Jordan Crawford

Jordan Crawford never met a shot he didn't like. The second-year volume shooting guard averaged 16 points a game in 32 starts this past season for the Wizards. In 32 games coming off the bench, Crawford averaged 13 points a game, showing he was better suited scoring the ball as a starter. But is Crawford's value with the Wizards higher going forward as a starter or as an offensive microwave coming off the bench?

That's still be determined but a lot will depend on Crawford's ability to improve his shot selection. At times this past season, Crawford was predictable on offense, getting the ball and only looking to shoot. Crawford shot just 40 percent from the field, often settling for deep jump shots.

Crawford went on a streak of scoring 20-plus points in seven straight games in March, but the Wizards won only one of those games. Crawford can shoot you in and can shoot you out of games.

Crawford was fantastic in a late April win over Milwaukee when he scored 32 points and added a huge three-pointer late to upset a Bucks team that still had hope for the playoffs.

When Crawford looked to get teammates involved, he wasobviouslybetter as a dual threat. Crawford also can handle the ball and could be used as back-up point guard to starter John Wall. Crawford and Wall had some nice hook-ups, particularly the alley-oop variety, when Crawford would hit Wall on the lob.

After a rookie season last year in which Crawford averaged 19 points as a starter with Nick Young injured, Crawford came in before the lockout-shortened season not sure of his role. When the Wizards traded Young in mid-season, Crawford had no one lookingoverhis shoulder and he was the team's starting 2 guard.

So it again begs the question, will Crawford be the starter next season? That likely hangs on what the Wizards do in the draft this summer. If they take a shooting guard, then Crawford will likely head back to the bench

What you can say about Crawford -- no matter what his role is -- is that he is a gamer and is clearly irritated by the Wizards' losing and tells it like it is. While you can question other playerscommitmentto winning, you can't do that with Crawford -- he wants to win.

Crawford may have too much confidence with his game and, while that's certainly an admirable trait, he must scale back his bad shots. If he can, Crawford can be a very solid shooting guard in the league. If not, he will spend a lot of time on the bench.

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Five things to know about Wizards general manager search candidate Tim Connelly

Five things to know about Wizards general manager search candidate Tim Connelly

The Washington Wizards have reportedly offered their vacant general manager position to Tim Connelly. The news was first reported by the Athletic.

Here are five things to know about him...

1. Connelly is a Baltimore native who transferred to Catholic University in D.C. during his junior year in college, graduating from there in 1999. 

2. Connelly began his NBA front office career with the Wizards, starting as an intern in 1996. He spent a decade with the organization, holding such roles as assistant video coordinator, head scout, and director of player personnel. 

3. After leaving the Wizards, Connelly spent three seasons serving as the assistant general manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. 

4. Connelly joined the Nuggets organization in 2013 as the executive vice president of basketball operations. He was promoted to President of Basketball Operations in 2017. Connelly has been part of a Denver front office that has drafted the likes of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, and Gary Harris over the last five years. 

5. Connelly has six siblings, including four brothers: Joe, Pat, Dan and Kevin. All four of them have also worked in basketball in some capacity, Joe, Pat, and Dan all following Tim into the NBA ranks. 

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    Wizards offer top front office job to Nuggets' Tim Connelly, per reports

    Wizards offer top front office job to Nuggets' Tim Connelly, per reports

    The Wizards may have found the successor to longtime team president Ernie Grunfeld. Per multiple reports, Washington offered the vacant head front-office job to Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly.

    Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix reports that, while Connelly hoped for a five-year deal, he is serious about the Wizards' four-year offer. 

    The Nuggets president came to Washington to meet with owner Ted Leonsis on Friday

    A Baltimore native, Connelly worked as a member of the Wizards front office, beginning as an intern in 1996 and rising to director of player personnel in his time with the franchise.

    After a stop in New Orleans, Connelly was hired as executive vice president of basketball operations and general manager of the Nuggets in 2013. He ascended to president of basketball operations in his six-year tenure. 

    His notable accomplishments in Denver include drafting star big man Nikola Jokic and building a team that won 54 games in the 2018-19 season. 

    This is a developing story. Please check back with NBCSportsWashington.com for updates as available. 

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