Jae Crowder
Jae Crowder
30-Year-Old ForwardF
Miami Heat  NBA  
Miami Heat
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Crowder was traded to the Grizzlies this offseason as part of the deal that sent Mike Conley to the Jazz. His role figures to increase as a possible starter on a rebuilding franchise rather than a sixth-man on a fringe title contender. He averaged 11.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Utah just a season ago. Though he's not an adept shooter (39.9 field goal percentage, 33.1 three-point percentage last season), Crowder drained 2.2 threes per contest and has averaged 1.9 triples per game over the last four years. He can play either forward spot, but it may be tough to find consistent minutes at the four with rookie standout Jaren Jackson and first-round pick Brandon Clarke manning that position. Crowder's path to playing time will likely be at the three, where his main competition will be Kyle Anderson and former Suns first-rounder Josh Jackson. Crowder is the most reliable and established option at small forward, and it wouldn't be unreasonable to expect him to trend near 30 minutes per game. 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. Traded to the Grizzlies in July of 2019. Traded to the Heat in February of 2020.
Personal Bio

Corey Jae Crowder was born in 1990 in Villa Rica, Georgia. His father, Corey Crowder, played two seasons in the NBA with the Jazz (1991-92) and the Spurs (1994-95). Crowder has seven siblings. In high school, he was named the 2008 Times-Georgian Co-Player of the Year as a senior at Villa Rica High School, averaging 18.8 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. Crowder was also the school's starting quarterback. When at Marquette, he majored in communication studies. Fans can check him out on Twitter (@cjc9boss) and Instagram (@bossmann99).

College/International Summary

Crowder was named the Big East Player of the Year for the 2011-12 season. In both seasons for Marquette, he helped lead the Golden Eagles to the NCAA Tournament (2010-11 and 2011-12). Crowder led Marquette in rebounds (8.4) and steals (2.5) per game in the 11-12 season. And the Villa Rica, Georgia native was second on the Golden Eagles in points per game (17.5) in his second season for Marquette. He was also second in the Big East in field-goal percentage (49.8). Crowder then entered the 2012 NBA Draft. Crowder was drafted in the second round (34th overall) by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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August 1, 2020
Crowder will draw the start at power forward in Saturday's bubble opener versus the Nuggets, Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald reports.
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Crowder will replace Meyers Leonard in the starting unit. It is unclear if the Heat plan on continuing with this starting group going forward or if the decision was simply matchup based. The Marquette product has averaged 11.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 steals and 0.5 blocks across 28.7 minutes in 13 games with the Heat following his trade from Memphis.
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2018

Crowder appeared in 80 games for the Jazz in 2018-19, starting 11 times. He averaged 11.9 points per game, reaching double figures in scoring for the fourth time in his seven seasons. The Marquette product took a career-high 6.5 threes per contest and hit 33.1 percent of his shots from downtown. Crowder canned a career-high six three-pointers while dishing out a career-high seven assists in a win at Charlotte on Nov. 30. His highest offensive output came against Toronto on New Year's Day, when Crowder poured in 30 points -- including five threes -- along with six rebounds. Crowder continued to show excellent all-around skills, grabbing 4.8 rebounds and dishing out 1.7 assists per contest. He tallied three double-doubles in the regular season, with two of those coming in back-to-back contests in mid-December. After throwing down 14 points and 10 boards against Houston, he followed up two days later with 18 points and 11 rebounds against Golden State. He finished fifth in scoring and fourth in rebounding for the Jazz. After coming off the bench for Utah's first two postseason games, Crowder moved into the starting lineup for the latter three. In Game 4 against Houston, he delivered 23 points, helping lead the Jazz to their only win of the first-round series.

2017

Crowder began the 2017-18 season with the Cavaliers. He appeared in 53 games with the team, making 47 starts and averaging 8.6 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 25.4 minutes. On Feb. 8, he was traded from the Cavaliers to the Jazz. With Utah, he appeared in 27 games (no starts) and averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists in 27.6 minutes. Crowder's best performance of the season occurred Mar. 9 as a member of the Jazz during a 17-point win over the Grizzlies. He played 34 minutes and posted 22 points (7-12 FG, 6-11 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three assists, one rebound, one steal and one block with no turnovers. Utah finished the season 48-34 -- fifth in the Western Conference. The Jazz defeated the Thunder in the First Round before losing to the Rockets in the Semifinals. Against the Thunder, Crowder played in all six games and averaged 9.3 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals in 27.5 minutes. Against the Rockets, Crowder played in all five games and averaged 10.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 31.7 minutes.

2016

The 2016-17 campaign marked Crowder's second full season with the Celtics. He started in all 72 of his appearances, seeing 32.4 minutes per contest. Crowder averaged 13.9 points and 1.0 steals along with career-best marks in rebounds (5.8), assists (2.2) and made threes (2.2) per game. His 3-point percentage (39.8) was a career high, as was his field-goal percentage (46.3). Those rates, plus an 81.1 free-throw percentage, fueled Crowder's 61.3 true shooting percentage, which ranked 17th in the league. One of Crowder's best performances of the campaign occurred Mar. 17 during a 98-95 victory over the Nets. Crowder played 35 minutes and accumulated 24 points, 12 rebounds, one assist and one steal. That was one of his seven double-doubles. Crowder's highest-scoring game of the season came nine days later, when he lit up the Heat for 25 points with six rebounds, two steals and two blocks. The Celtics finished the season 53-29, defeating the Bulls in the first round of the playoffs and the Wizards in the second round before losing to the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals. Across 18 playoff games, Crowder averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.1 minutes. He delivered the highest-scoring playoff game of his career in Game 1 of the second round against Washington, racking up 24 points -- including six 3-pointers.

2015

The 2015-16 season marked Crowder's first full campaign with the Celtics after being traded to Boston from Dallas in December of 2014. He became a full-time starter for the first time in his career, getting the nod in all 73 games he appeared in. Crowder played 31.6 minutes per game, delivering 14.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals (14th in the NBA) -- all career highs. Crowder also ramped up his 3-point shooting, hitting 1.7 triples per game at a 33.6 percent pace. He set a new single-game career high with 27 points -- adding nine rebounds, three assists and two steals -- Feb. 22 against Minnesota. In all, Crowder scored 20-plus points on 12 occasions and double-digit points 59 times. He notched a season-high 12 boards against Charlotte on Dec. 23, adding 19 points for one of his five double-doubles on the year. In the postseason, Crowder averaged 9.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals in 32.8 minutes over the course of a six-game loss to Atlanta. With a plus/minus per 100 possessions of plus-10.7, Crowder led all Celtics players who saw at least 50 minutes. He notched his first postseason double-double in Game 1 of that series, collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds.

2014

Crowder appeared in 25 games off the bench for the Mavericks during the 2014-15 season before being traded to the Celtics on Dec. 18. With the Mavericks, he saw just 10.6 minutes per game and averaged 3.6 points and 1.2 rebounds. Once dealt to the Celtics, Crowder's workload increased significantly. Across 57 appearances (17 starts), he averaged 9.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steals in 24.2 minutes. His full-season averages of 7.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.9 steals all represented career highs. The third-year man also set a new personal best in free-throw percentage with a 77.3 mark. Crowder posted a career-high 22 along with a career-high four steals Jan. 12 against New Orleans, then scored 22 again on Feb. 22 against the Lakers. He grabbed a career-high 17 rebounds against the Warriors on Mar. 1. Crowder recorded nine rebounds on three other occasions. Over the course of the Celtics' four-game sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers in the first round of the playoffs, he averaged 10.8 points on 51.7 percent shooting to go along with 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steals.

2013

The 2013-14 season marked Crowder's second in the NBA, and he played a similar role to his rookie year. He appeared in 78 games for Dallas for a second straight season, drawing eight starts. Across 16.1 minutes per game, he averaged 4.6 points and 2.5 rebounds. He also shot 43.9 percent from the field, 33.1 percent from three and 75.4 percent from the charity stripe. Crowder set a new career high with 18 points Nov. 5 against the Lakers in a 123-104 victory. That was one of Crowder's 12 performances with double-digit points. He also posted 11 efforts with at least five rebounds, four efforts with at least three assists, five performances with three-plus steals, and 19 games with one or more blocks. Dallas finished the season 49-33 but lost in the first round of the playoffs in seven games to the Spurs. Crowder saw 11.6 minutes per contest in his first taste of the playoffs, averaging 2.7 points and 1.7 rebounds. In the postseason, he notched the fourth-highest 3-point percentage on the Mavericks, hitting 42.9 percent of his looks from beyond the arc.

2012

After two seasons at Marquette, Crowder was selected by Cleveland with the 34th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, then traded to Dallas on draft night. He proceeded to appear in 78 games (16 starts) for the Mavericks during his rookie season. Crowder saw 17.3 minutes per game, averaging 5.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists. He shot 38.4 percent from the field, made threes at a 32.8 percent clip and hit 64.4 percent of his free throws. Crowder's season high in points was 15, which he achieved twice. On Nov. 24 against the Lakers, Crowder notched one of those 15-point games, adding a season-high four steals in the process. He set a new best with 14 rebounds Mar. 15 against Cleveland. That came just two games after Crowder's second-best rebounding performance of the year, Mar. 12, when he tallied eight along with 14 points against Milwaukee.

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Transaction History
  • June 28, 2012
    Drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2nd round (34th pick) of the 2012 NBA Draft.
  • June 29, 2012
    Traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Jared Cunningham and Bernard James to the Dallas Mavericks for Kelenna Azubuike and Tyler Zeller.
  • July 1, 2012
    Signed a two-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks
  • December 18, 2014
    Traded by the Dallas Mavericks with Jameer Nelson, Brandan Wright, a 2016 1st round draft pick and a 2016 2nd round draft pick to the Boston Celtics for Dwight Powell and Rajon Rondo.
  • July 27, 2015
    Signed a five-year contract with the Boston Celtics
  • August 30, 2017
    Traded by the Boston Celtics with Isaiah Thomas, Ante Zizic, a 2018 1st round draft pick and a 2020 2nd round draft pick to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Kyrie Irving.
  • February 8, 2018
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers with Derrick Rose and a 2024 2nd round draft pick to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Rodney Hood
  • July 6, 2019
    Traded by the Utah Jazz with Grayson Allen, Darius Bazley, Kyle Korver and a 2020 1st round draft pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for Mike Conley.
  • February 6, 2020
    As part of a 3-team trade, traded by the Grizzlies, along with Andre Iguodala and Solomon Hill, to the Heat in exchange for James Johnson, Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters.
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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.
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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Cleared to play
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Concussion
March 11, 2020
Crowder (concussion) has been cleared to play Wednesday against Charlotte.
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Probable for Wednesday
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Concussion
March 10, 2020
Crowder is probable for Wednesday's game against the Hornets.
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Expects to return Wednesday
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Concussion
March 9, 2020
Crowder (concussion) expects to return for Wednesday's game against Charlotte, Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.
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Out Sunday vs. Wizards
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Concussion
March 7, 2020
Crowder (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Wizards.
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In concussion protocol
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March 7, 2020
Crowder is in the concussion protocol after leaving Friday's game against the Pelicans following a blow to the head, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports.
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