With Carmelo Anthony up and humming in Portland, the new guy every NBA player (and one media outlet) wants back in the league is Jamal Crawford.
“In my heart of hearts, I feel like it’ll happen,” Crawford told Marc Stein. “I just don’t know when.”
Crawford, who might still end up on a roster this season, if only as a 15th man, will be remembered as one of the great scoring mercenaries in league history. He’s tallied 19,414 points with eight teams in 1,326 games, and has collected three Sixth Man of the Year awards.
If this is indeed the end, two stats will describe his unique career perfectly:
His 54 4-point plays are the most in NBA history.
In the final game of last season -- and, in this hypothetical, the final of his career -- Crawford eclipsed 50 points with his fourth team, which would be a fitting end.
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