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Boston Celtics: Jordan Crawford Considers Himself a Team Leader

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COMMENTARY | The Boston Celtics took a shot on Jordan Crawford last season after Rajon Rondo got hurt.

They were in need of a ball-handler with some scoring potential and were able to acquire Crawford for very little. At the time, it seemed to be a pretty good deal with very low risk. He didn't end up having much of an impact, and he was essentially pushed out of the rotation by the end of the season. When you're a scorer and you're not playing for a team that has trouble putting points on the board, there's a problem.

No matter how you feel about Crawford as a player, you probably don't think of him as a very mature player. He simply isn't a player with a high basketball IQ, and his carelessness on both ends of the floor makes this clear. Crawford is still young, but he hasn't proved that he understands the team concept of basketball. Of course, learning how to play in the NBA on the Washington Wizards with guys like Nick Young and Andray Blatche doesn't help the cause.

It's unclear what role, if any, Crawford will serve on the Celtics this season. He may be a valuable ball-handler if Rondo doesn't return right away, but he seems to be buried behind other guards on the depth chart. If Danny Ainge could find a way to move Crawford, it's hard to believe he wouldn't jump on the opportunity.

There's a chance he sticks around. Particularly if he's the leader he thinks he is. Yes, Jordan Crawford believes that his teammates are starting to look at him as a leader.

Um, sure. Leader. That's what we'll call it.

A true leader probably would have done a little bit more to help the Celtics in the postseason than bark at Carmelo Anthony from the bench. The team desperately needed ball-handling and scoring, yet Doc Rivers didn't believe Crawford should be on the floor. That says a lot.

He's still a young player, so I suppose there's hope. But to think of Jordan Crawford as a leader at this point is simply hysterical. I'd like to ask him exactly which teammates are looking at him as a leader.

Mark lives in the Boston area and has been covering New England sports for various blogs over the past 4 years. He has been featured on Fox Sports Yardbarker, Fox Sports, and Sports Illustrated "Hot Clicks", and has been published on Celtics 24/7, Bleacher Report, and Sports-Kings.

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