7/6/14

36ers Get PC

The Sixers added some experience, shooting and defence in one hit this week when they signed free agent Peter Crawford.

Crawford, a fifteen year NBL veteran, is coming off a rough season that saw his scoring and field goal shooting numbers plummet. Some of that can be put down to less minutes,a smaller role in the offense and playing on a team that largely struggled. We'll find out how much of that was due to age as the season goes on.

PC is known for being a strong defender, a solid outside shooter and for providing leadership. Those assets will all be welcome on the Sixers bench. Adelaide's bench was good last year but lacked a consistent, game-breaking outside shooter. Joey Wright will be hoping Crawford finds his shot again in Naptown.

Crawford nailed just 30 triples last season, his lowest total in 10 years. He shot it at a 31% clip- the lowest since his rookie year. Those numbers are about as concerning as Lucas Walker's Twitter profile picture. Hopefully a change of scenery and a lesser role will see him taking better, more open threes.

His playoff experience and additional size in the backcourt will be handy. His versatility should allow Wright to play some stronger "small ball" lineups and instead of Cadee/Ervin/Gibson we may see some import/Gibson/Crawford lineups that are a little bigger and stronger defensively.

Anytime you get a chance to take a guy who played at the Olympics only two years ago who have to do it and Crawford will be a good fit in Adelaide. I was expecting the Sixers would nab PC, James Harvey or CJ Bruton this off-season and they came out with probably the least likely of this group due to club ties.

Let's hope he proves to be the right choice.


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