MILWAUKEE -- Widely regarded as a one-dimensional scorer, Jordan Crawford has spent time on improving his playmaking abilities. He knows the Washington Wizards will need him to create plays for himself and teammates much more this season, especially while John Wall is unavailable due to injury.
Crawford had his entire offensive repertoire on-point in Saturday night’s 100-94 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, dropping 17 points and five assists. He entered the game late in the first quarter and immediately lit up the scoreboard with 10 points in his first six minutes of action – and he added a sleek pass to Jan Vesley for a dunk off a well-executed pick-and-roll.
With Wall slated to miss the first month of the season, Crawford will almost assuredly play more point guard, a challenge the 23-year-old is willing to take on.
“If coach [Randy Wittman] asks me to, I’ll step into that role,” Crawford told RealGM. “It’s [as] simple as that.”
As for his voice within the Wizards’ locker room, the third-year guard hopes to make an effort to open up more as a leader.
“I just want to bring another phase to my game and be a leader off the court and on the court lead by example,” Crawford said. “Really, I just want to help the team win.”
The Wizards picked up the option on Crawford’s deal through 13-14. Even so, Crawford is not fretting about his future with the organization – just focusing on this season and next, wanting to help lead the Wizards to a playoff run.
“We’ll see how [the future] goes,” he said. “I’m just excited to be a part of this team and try to win this year.”