Jamal Crawford Looking Like Odd Man Out for Rebuilt Los Angeles Clippers

August 6th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

For the past three years, Jamal Crawford was the Los Angeles Clippers' last resort—a player they needed to prop up a second unit with reliable (if inefficient) scoring in the absence of better options.

After an offseason overhaul, the Clips are stronger, deeper and better than they've ever been. And in a troublesome development for Crawford, they won't need to rely on last resorts anymore.

Lance Stephenson is in L.A. seeking redemption after a disastrous season with the Charlotte Hornets, and we have to start with him because he looks conspicuously like Crawford's replacement. Both are most effective with the ball in their hands, both pound the dribble and both play with a highlight-hunting bent that produces appreciative gasps and frustrated groans in equal measure.

Stephenson, though, is a far more accomplished defender, a demonstrably better rebounder and a generally more well-rounded player.

To be completely fair, Stephenson was awful last year. He shot 17.1 percent from long range and was a net negative on both ends of the floor.

If he's that bad again, Crawford ...

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