One player acquired in the Kyrie Irving trade was small forward Jae Crowder. The versatile swingman figures to play large defensive role this year. Here’s a little more on Crowder:
- Was originally drafted by the Cavs in 2012 but was traded to Dallas on draft night for Tyler Zeller and Kelenna Azubuike.
- Only NBA player to sprain his ACL by getting slapped in the face.
- Known for his defense, Crowder shut LeBron James down by holding him only 29.6 points per game in the 2017 Eastern Conference Finals.
- His ability to make at least one jumper a game will be an immediate upgrade over Iman Shumpert.
- “3-and-D” play style should really complement the Nets pick.