With, the absence of star point guard Damien Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers found another reliable scorer in Allen Crabbe. He has been quietly stringing together some good games, which includes six consecutive double-digit scoring contests.
Who is Allen Crabbe?
Crabbe, a former second round pick in the 2013 draft. Coming out of college he was known as primarily as a scorer, but because he was a one-trick pony many scouts were not able to accurately project his potential in the league. Many scouts have said he is not dynamic enough to be a full-time two guard but too small and did not have the rebound prowess to be a reliable small forward so his draft stock plummeted to the second round.
In 2015, Crabbe has averaged 11 points and 2.5 rebounds on 25.5 minutes played. He is also shooting 46.5% from the field including 37.4% from behind the arc. Although his three-point shooting percentage is underwhelming, but it should not be of concern as with the increased playing time he should start to find his range and eventually eclipse the 40% mark. Crabbe is averaging 17 points, 3.3 rebounds on 31.6 minutes the last six games.
What is his potential?
When Lillard returns from injury Crabbe will most likely lose a bit of playing time but should still receive plenty of opportunity to show off his skills. Unfortunately, he is not a great defender so the chance of him starting ahead of Al-Farouq Aminu seems very slim.
Having said that, Crabbe could project as a reliable sixth man going forward and the Blazers will probably use him like the LA Clippers do with Jamal Crawford: a change of pace offensive scorer off the bench.
With the emergence of Crabbe, the Blazers’ have now added another young offensive threat that will go along with their already deadly one-two punch in Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
In the near future, the Blazers’ may have a three headed monster akin to the Oklahoma City Thunder’s had many years ago when Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, and James Harden all played together.
All in all, the Blazers’ brass have done a great job evaluating talent. The future looks bright for this young bunch.
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