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As a person, I never have any problems with people throwing dirt on me. Every time I get thrown a joke, I throw back, we laugh, have fun. Every time I get insulted, it’s cool. People are entitled to their opinion anyway. However, if somebody has something to say about someone close to me or someone I looked up to or something important to me or my hairdo, please be ready with your facts. Because if not, I’ll tell you, you are DUMB.
I am fond of reading articles at NBA.com, especially the blogs. I happened to come across, Frank Blinebury’s picks for awards like MIP, MVP and all those awards NBA hands out every season. Blinebury picked Manu for the Sixth Man Of The Year award (He picked Pop for the Coach of the Year – a no-brainer, actually). It felt good that somebody outside of the San Antonio fanbase has finally recognized what Manu has done for the Spurs this season. (Considering how ready most people are to write him off the book because of how he farted in last year’s Finals.) I read and read and finished reading so I scrolled down to the comment section and to my dismay (understatement), what an orgy of dumb comments! Okay, I know, I know, most of them are regular basketball fans. Fans who reads the per game averages, not the advance ones. The ones whose ideas of basketball greatness is define by dunks, alley oops and swag. Usually, I just shrug it but because of my passive anger and fingers did itch, I gotta let it out.
This article is not to take anything away from Jamal Crawford. In my opinion, he is a great scorer and basketball player. Scorer, he is. No questions there. Now, let us get to the numbers (something I don’t really do because I’m not fond of it but I gotta).
Crawford’s per game average this season is impressive. As per basketball-reference.com, in 61 games he appeared for the Los Angeles Clippers, he logs 18.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 30.4 minutes. He shoots 42.1% from the floor (36.8% from beyond the arc) and 86.2% from the line. Now, comparing this to Manu’s 12.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.0 steals, 0.2 blocks and 2.0 turnovers in 23.0 minutes, Crawford’s per game stats looked impressive. But, let us dissect these stats.
Manu plays less, scores more efficiently.
Although Crawford’s PPG is way up than Manu’s, Manu is playing 6 less minutes and is shooting the ball at 47.0% from the floor which is far more impressive than Crawford’s 42.1%. Furthermore, Manu attempts just 9.3 shots per game as compared to Crawford’s 14.7 shots, which leads us to conclude that Manu is the more efficient scorer of the two. I don’t really like PER but to make matters worse, Manu’s PER is 20.1, Crawford’s is 17.6. I guess we can say that the Bald God is 2.5 more efficient than his counterpart? Ha!
Manu is the better facilitator and in turn makes his teammates around him better.
Manu averages 4.4 assists while Crawford averages 3.2 assists. While playing 6 less minutes, Manu is dishing out 1.2 more assists than Crawford, to think that Crawford was tag to be a "point guard trap in a shooting guard’s body" by some columnists and basketball analysts. Also, Manu’s ability to penetrate and draw defenders allows his teammates playing alongside him take quality shots (better shot attempts). The vaunted Foreign Legion owes it great feat of being the best bench in the NBA to Manu. Here is the article by Dan McCarney in mysa.com that shows the Foreign Legion shot chart with and without Manu. Pretty good stuff, right?
Manu definitely lost a step in defense but is still a better defender than Crawford.
Manu plays defense. Crawford pretends to play defense. Manu’s DWS is 1.8, relatively bigger than Crawford 1.4. Furthermore, Manu’s DRtg is 103 while Crawford is at 109. That’s 6 more points per 100 possession.
Manu is the better all-around player. Don’t the NBA fans knew this already?
Here is the Per36 of both players:
Manu: 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 7.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.3 blocks
Crawford: 22.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steal, 0.2 blocks
It’s obvious, right? And oh, out of 56 games, Manu started just 2 games, the rest are off the bench. Crawford started 23 out of 61 games for the Clips. I hope some of those commenters would bother to dig deeper into a player's stat rather than just looking at their plain per games. *Sighs* (This is the reason why, PtR is the best blog site ever)
Crawford may be the better scorer but Manu has the better all-around game. Clearly, by unanimous decision, the Sixth Man of the Year champion of the world!!!!!
Stats: basketball-reference.com, nba.com