Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder
28-Year-Old ForwardF
Utah Jazz  NBA
Utah Jazz
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Crowder, who was dealt to the Cavaliers during the summer of 2017 in the trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston, had an underwhelming 2017-18 campaign. His Cleveland tenure didn't last the whole season, as he was dealt to Utah during the Cavs’ flurry of deadline moves. After averaging 14.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.4 steals during his final two years with the Celtics, Crowder regressed to 9.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and fewer than a steal per game last season. He also saw his three-point percentage drop from 39.8 percent two years ago to 32.3 percent last year. Considering his Fantasy relevance was heavily contingent on his overall volume, Crowder’s move into a sixth-man role will likely result in him going undrafted in most standard leagues this season. That said, he still remains someone to keeps tabs on if Derrick Favors and/or Rudy Gobert miss time. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the Celtics in July of 2015. Traded to the Cavaliers in August of 2017. Traded to the Jazz in February of 2018.
Well-rounded line in Monday's loss
FUtah Jazz
November 19, 2018
Crowder finished with 14 points (4-9 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in 25 minutes during Monday's 121-94 loss to the Pacers.
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Crowder broke a four-game streak of single-digit scoring by draining more threes in this one than he did the last four combined. It was Crowder's best showing since he lit up the Celtics in his best game of the season back on Nov. 9. Crowder remains the team's top small-ball power forward option, and when he's connecting on his outside shots he's worth a look in most leagues.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Crowder's 2016-17 campaign was set in a complementary role to Isaiah Thomas and Al Horford, providing a two-way threat that could play both power forward and small forward. He saw his scoring dip just a bit to 13.9 points per game across 32.4 minutes, but most notably he became a much better shooter overall, especially at the three-point line where he averaged a career-high 39.8 percent. That put Crowder's Fantasy value at an all time high, though the 2017-18 season could come with some changes. Crowder, along with Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic and a first-round pick were traded to the Cavaliers in exchange for Kyrie Irving. With starters LeBron James, Kevin Love and Tristan Thompson all back once again in the frontcourt, that likely leaves Crowder in a bench role despite starting every game he's played over the last two seasons. His minutes could take a hit as a result, though the Cavaliers could also try some small-ball lineups with Kevin Love at center and Crowder at power forward, so it's still somewhat unclear how much time Crowder will sacrifice. That said, it's hard to see Crowder's scoring numbers increase while coming off the bench. Crowder’s 10 shot attempts per game should also go down a tick playing alongside the likes of James, Thomas and Love. But considering the forward was also good for 2.2 made threes, 5.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.0 steal and solid percentages last year, Crowder has proven he can produce without a ton of shots. Fantasy-wise, this summer might make for yet another opportunity to successfully buy low on the do-it-all forward.
Coming off of a career year in his first full season with the Celtics, Crowder will look to continue his ascent as one of the league's better two-way wings. Crowder finished sixth in Most Improved Player of the Year voting in 2015-16, averaging 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 31.6 minutes per game. As the numbers indicate, Crowder isn't a spectacular contributor in any one category, but he offers steady production across the board, and at age 26, it's reasonable to think he'll keep improving. Three-point shooting is the obvious area of Crowder's game that could use work after he shot a pedestrian 33.6 percent from deep on 5.0 attempts per game last season. Crowder now enters the second year of the five-year, $35 million contract he signed last summer, making him one of the league's biggest bargains at any position. His standing as the Celtics' starting small forward isn't in any jeopardy, but coach Brad Stevens' team became even deeper on the wing this offseason with the addition of No. 3 overall pick Jaylen Brown. Over the long term, the versatile forward out of California profiles similarly to Crowder, though his jump shot, and offensive game as a whole, are still very much of a work in progress at this point. As such, Crowder's role figures to remain relatively steady, though a mild reduction in minutes will likely be necessary to accommodate Brown's arrival.
Crowder's NBA career blossomed when he was traded to the Celtics last December. Coach Brad Stevens gave Crowder the chance to demonstrate, front and center, his defensive prowess, outside shooting, and team-oriented play. The pinnacle of Crowder's renaissance occurred during the first round playoff series versus Cleveland. Crowder started and was charged with guarding LeBron James one-on-one. Crowder held his own, much to the pleasure of the Boston Garden crowd, before suffering a season-ending knee injury. With Boston, Crowder averaged 24 minutes, 9.5 points, 1.7 three-pointers, and 1.0 steal per game. He also started 17 games. For 2015-16, it's unknown whether Crowder or Evan Turner will start at small forward for Boston. Crowder is still undergoing precautionary rehabilitation but says he believes his left knee is now 100 percent. The Celtics rewarded Crowder's end-of-season heroics with a new five-year deal. Clearly, he is a part of Boston's future plans. If Turner is traded, as some have rumored, than Crowder would have a very clear path to increased minutes.
Jae Crowder is entering his third season in the NBA. He suffered a bit of a sophomore slump last year as he averaged 4.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.3 blocks in 16 minutes per game. Crowder played in 78 games and finished the year shooting 44 percent from the field on 3.8 attempts per game and 75 percent from the free-throw line on 0.8 attempts per game. He impressed in the D-League last season posting back-to-back triple doubles. Unfortunately, he hasn't displayed the same playmaking ability in the NBA. He's earned a reputation as a solid defender, but he's been a streaky shooter on the opposite end of the floor. The addition of Chandler Parsons will keep Crowder out of the starting lineup, and he will have to compete with new teammates Al-Farouq Aminu and Richard Jefferson for playing time. Consistency will be key if Crowder wants to be a regular member of the rotation, but he's fighting an uphill battle on a crowded Dallas depth chart.
Crowder earned playing time during his rookie season with a hard-nosed style of play. However, hustle and energy don't always carry over into fantasy. Crowder has to improve on his shooting numbers from last year when he shot 38 percent from the field.
Of the three rookies on the Dallas roster, Crowder is the most likely to see meaningful minutes. His energetic style of play earned him an All-Star nod in Summer League, where he averaged 16.6 points per game. Coach Rick Carlisle has been known to keep rookies on a short leash, however, so he’ll have to earn his playing time.
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Has 20 points Friday
FUtah Jazz
November 10, 2018
Crowder totaled 20 points (8-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt), six rebounds, four assists, one steal, and one block in 30 minutes during Friday's 123-115 victory over Boston.
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Scores 12 points in Monday's loss
FUtah Jazz
November 6, 2018
Crowder contributed 12 points (3-11 FG, 0-6 3Pt, 6-10 FT), two rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 23 minutes during Monday's 124-111 loss to the Raptors.
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Cleared to play Monday
FUtah Jazz
November 5, 2018
Crowder (undisclosed) will play Monday against the Raptors, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
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Probable for Monday
FUtah Jazz
Undisclosed
November 4, 2018
Crowder is probable for Monday's game against the Raptors due to an undisclosed injury, Andy Larsen of KSL.com reports.
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Leads Jazz with 21 points
FUtah Jazz
November 4, 2018
Crowder had 21 points (8-15 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 1-1 FT), five rebounds, three blocks, one assist, and one steal in 31 minutes during Saturday's 103-88 loss to the Nuggets.
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