That’s the question displayed on the Grand Rapids Drive’s billboards throughout the West Michigan area referring to which player will be the newest NBA Gatorade Call-Up from the NBA Development League affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.
Monday, the New Orleans Pelicans answered that question by signing Jordan Crawford, the Drive’s leading scorer, to a 10-day contract. The new Pelicans guard scored 19 points in an 88-83 loss to the Utah Jazz last night, his first NBA appearance since April 16, 2014.
Since acquiring DeMarcus Cousins in a trade with the Sacramento Kings after hosting All-Star Weekend in their building, the Pelicans have struggled to put the ball in the basket and have gone 2-4 overall. Crawford’s ability to get to the rim and shoot well from three-point range made him a viable candidate to join the squad looking for another scoring option. Although Crawford had some struggles on the defensive end with the Drive he now has two 7-footers behind him with Cousins and Anthony Davis plugging up the middle.
In 37 games with the Drive this season, Crawford has averaged 23.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.2 steals playing 29.8 minutes per game.
In 258 NBA games with the Atlanta Hawks, Washington Wizards, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors, his career averages are 12.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists.Although we love him here in Beer City, USA and would welcome his return at any time, nothing would make us more proud of Crawford than to see him sign a long-term deal with the Pelicans. You can follow Crawford on twitter at @jcraw55.