Last week, former Xavier star, Jordan Crawford, decided to sign a 1-year deal with Xinjiang Flying Tigers of the Chinese Basketball Association. This shocked many, including myself, because of the recent success he had in the NBA the last couple of years for the Celtics and Warriors, and was supposedly receiving interest from the Lakers, Knicks, Bulls, Mavericks, and Nets.
So why did Crawford sign in China rather than in the NBA?
1) He might have received interest from teams, but did he actually ever receive a contract offer from an NBA team? It is pretty late in the offseason, so Crawford had to make a decision asap about his plans for 2014-2015 season.
2) Repair his stock. Last season his minutes dwindled with the Warriors, after playing very well for the Celtics.
3)If he plays well in China, where the season ends before the NBA’s, he’ll have a chance to join the NBA this season. He gets the best of both worlds ($$).
Crawford played one year for Xavier after transferring from Indiana in 2008, but is still one of the most memorable players in Xavier history because of his success in the NCAA tournament and his scoring ability. Crawford declared for the draft after the 2010 season and was selected by the Nets with the 27th overall pick. He was then traded to the Hawks, and then the Wizards, where he saw some playing time, and put up some big numbers.
Despite his success in Washington, he ended up getting traded to Boston. He took over as the starting PG when Rondo went down in 2013, and was able to show his scoring ability. However, he didn’t stay in Boston long, as they traded Crawford to the Warriors, where he spent this past season.