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.
Fills out stat sheet in spot start
FUtah Jazz
February 3, 2019
Crowder furnished 11 points (4-13 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five rebounds, four steals and one assist across 35 minutes in the Jazz's 125-98 loss to the Rockets on Saturday.
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Crowder logged his first start since Jan. 21 and was productive despite his sub-par shooting. The veteran put up an unusually high volume of shots from behind the arc, helping him to a serviceable point total despite his unsightly 30.8 percent success rate from the floor overall. Crowder's four steals were a nice added bonus to his final line, and they represented his first multi-theft tally since Jan. 18. Coach Quin Snyder figures to continue rotating Derrick Favors and Crowder in the starting forward role, but both players typically see a solid allotment of minutes irrespective of their slotting on the depth chart.
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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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Starting Saturday
FUtah Jazz
February 2, 2019
Crowder will start over Derrick Favors on Saturday against the Rockets, Eric Woodyard of Deseret News reports.
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Continues producing off second unit
FUtah Jazz
January 24, 2019
Crowder managed 15 points (5-12 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 2-4 FT), six rebounds and one steal across 33 minutes in the Jazz's 114-108 win over the Nuggets on Wednesday.
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Bench-high scoring haul in win
FUtah Jazz
January 17, 2019
Crowder tallied 23 points (8-15 FG, 5-11 3Pt, 2-4 FT), four rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block across 29 minutes in the Jazz's 129-109 win over the Clippers on Wednesday.
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Scores 16 in win
FUtah Jazz
January 4, 2019
Crowder supplied 16 points (5-9 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, two assists and a steal in 24 minutes during Friday's win over the Cavaliers.
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Drops season-high 30 points
FUtah Jazz
January 1, 2019
Crowder totaled 30 points (9-15 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT) and six rebounds across 27 minutes Tuesday against the Raptors.
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