15 things to know about Jordan Crawford

15 things to know about Jordan Crawford
February 21, 2013, 11:45 pm
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After weeks of speculation over whether the Boston Celtics would blow up their roster or remain intact at the trade deadline, the C's acquired Jordan Crawford from the Washington Wizards in exchange for Leandro Barbosa and Jason Collins. Crawford, 24, is a 6-4 guard currently playing in his third NBA season. Get to know him with these 15 factoids. 

1. Let’s start with the big one: Crawford said he is better than Michael Jordan. Prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, Crawford stated, “I don’t tell nobody, but I feel like I can be better than Michael Jordan. When I’m done playing, I don’t want people to say, ‘Michael Jordan is the best player.’ I want that to be me. That’s how I am. That’s how I was built.” He continued, “I’m not settling for anything less. I feel like I’m better than him, anyway. My mom is going to say I’m better than him.”

2. Born on October 23, 1988, Crawford shares a birthday with Keith Van Horn (13 years his senior).  

3. As a teenager, Crawford attended Communication and Media Arts High School in Detroit, Mich. before spending a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. David West, Marreese Speights, James White, and Josh Howard are among those who also attended Hargrave.   

4. Crawford began college at Indiana University and transferred to Xavier University. He is just one of two Xavier alum currently in the NBA (the other is West). Crawford is the first former Musketeer to play for the Celtics since James Posey.   

5. Remember "the guy who dunked on LeBron?" That's Crawford. During the summer of 2009, Crawford (then in college) threw down a slam during a pick-up game at the LeBron James Skills Academy. The video quickly went viral (and wasn't without controversy, either.) Crawford later said he was excited about the dunk "just because it was LeBron."  

6. Crawford with the 27th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, one pick after Quincy Pondexter and one before Greivis Vasquez. That year the Celtics drafted Avery Bradley at number 19.

7. Speaking of Keith Van Horn (when was the last time you heard that? ... see fact #3), the Nets acquired the pick they used to select Crawford in 2008 from the Dallas Mavericks as part of the Jason Kidd deal, which included the former forward.   

8. Thursday's trade is the third time Crawford has been moved since entering the league. The Nets traded him and Tibor Pleiss to the Atlanta Hawks on Draft Night 2010 for Damion James. Less than two years later, the Hawks sent Crawford, Mike Bibby, Maurice Evans, and a 2011 first round draft pick to the Washington Wizards in exchange for Hilton Armstrong and Kirk Hinrich.  

9. Crawford averaged 13.2 points (41.5% FG, 34.5% 3PG, 82.1% FT), 3.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists in 26.2 minutes during 43 games (12 starts) for the Wizards this season. His career numbers over 149 games (62 starts) are 13.4 points (40.0% FG, 29.9% 3PG, 81.7%), 3.1 dimes and 2.7 boards in 26.2 minutes.    

10. The NBA playoffs would be a new experience for Crawford. The Wizards never finished with more than 23 wins in a season during his time in Washington.   

11. Crawford is no stranger to Kevin Garnett's intensity. According to Yahoo! Sports, things got heated between the two players in a pickup game during the lockout. The Washington Post expanded, "Crawford started yapping because his team was winning handily. Garnett got upset and two players shoved each other before (Paul) Pierce held back Crawford. When Pierce let go, Crawford squared up with Garnett, then turned and walked away. Garnett tapped Crawford in the back of the head and Crawford went back at Garnett before cooler heads prevailed."  

12. It's time to change his number. Crawford has worn 15 and 55 during his career, but those are not available in green and white. The Celtics retired number 15 for Hall of Famer Tommy Heinsohn and the newly-signed Terrence Williams is wearing 55.   

13. Like Jason Collins, the player he was traded for, Crawford also has a sibling who formerly played in the NBA. His older brother, Joe, appeared in two games for the New York Knicks in 2009 and played a total of 75 games for the Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA Development League) over two seasons. Crawford's younger brother, Jalen, plays college basketball at Bradley University.   

14. Crawford is on Twitter @jcraw55. His bio reads: "On A Mission to become the GREATEST!!!!!! WHY NOT?" and his location is listed as, "Wherever the Grind take me"  

15. He made this shot