Jamal Crawford Turns 36 Today And Has No Plans On Retiring Any Time Soon, “I’m On A Mission”
There’s only two active players from the 2000 NBA draft. One is on the verge of retirement, averaging 1.2 points and .8 assists a game with a season-high of 9. The other is is averaging 13 points and 2.2 assists, while leading the NBA in free throw % and putting up 10 20+ games just last month. The near retirement player is Mike Miller; The other is the Clippers Jamal Crawford and he’s turning 36 today – that’s 1 less than his season-high in points against the Pistons and 5 more than how many points he had in the first 3 quarters of that game.
As impressed as I am with Jamal, I don’t want to make too much of a big deal about what he’s accomplishing in his mid 30s because he’s not.
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” he asked the OC Register in response to a question about his age. “Think about it. It’d be about how you feel.”
Crawford, who has never smoked and only had 1 sip of alcohol in his life – on his wedding day – said he feels great and is planning on playing into his 40s.
Can he last 5 more seasons?
Well, considering the last time the 2 x 6th Man of the year played less than 60 games in a season was in 2007 (59) and his last major injury was 15 years ago, I don’t see why he wont make it to the age guards like Jason Kidd, John Stockton, Bob Cousy and Steve Nash did. What really excites me about 5 more seasons from Crawford is speculating where he will fall in the history books. His 4-point record – more 4 point plays than the entire Boston Celtics franchise – already looks untouchable, but if he makes just 5 more then he will have 52; 52 is more than the current #2 + #3 combined!
He’s also currently sitting at the #7 spot on the all-time 3-point field goals made list with 19,005. If he can manage just 18 3-pointers a season for 5 more than he will move past Jason Kidd at the #5 spot. If he can manage to average 100 per season – he’s only been under 100 once in his last 13 seasons – then he should end up around 2,400 3s, which puts him right behind Ray Allen and Reggie Miller for 3rd all-time…4th if Steph Curry keeps up with his 270-300 3s a season.
“God got me,” Crawford said to the OC. “I’m on a mission.”
To celebrate Crawford turning 1 year wiser, here’s my 1-hour documentary/interview with him from 2014, followed by a few of my favorite performances from 1 of only 3 people in NBA history to score 50+ on 3 different teams.