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Joe Crawford
Shooting guard
Born June 17, 1986 (1986-06-17) (age 23)
Detroit, Michigan
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight 207 lb (94 kg)
Salary $736,420[1]
High school Renaissance, Detroit
College Kentucky
Draft 2nd round, 58th overall, 2008
Los Angeles Lakers
Pro career 2008–present
Former teams Los Angeles Lakers (2008)
Los Angeles D-Fenders (2008–09)
New York Knicks (2009)

Joseph Reshard Crawford II (born June 17, 1986 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American professional basketball player. A former shooting guard for the University of Kentucky men's basketball team, he was selected as the 58th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2008 NBA Draft. He signed with the Lakers on August 27, 2008,[2] but was waived October 22, during the 2008–09 pre-season.[3] Crawford's brother Jordan Crawford plays college basketball for the Xavier Musketeers.

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High school and recruitment

Crawford attended Renaissance High School in Detroit, where he led his team to a perfect 27–0 record and a state title.[4] He was named a McDonald's All-American in 2004. Crawford originally committed to play for the University of Michigan,[5] but reopened his recruitment and chose to attend the University of Kentucky as part of a freshman class that also featured All-Americans Rajon Rondo and Randolph Morris, along with fellow freshman Ramel Bradley.

College career

Seeing minimal playing time behind Western Kentucky University transfer Patrick Sparks and fellow freshmen Ramel Bradley and Rajon Rondo, Crawford asked to be released from his scholarship mid-way through his freshman year. After meeting with Wildcat coach Tubby Smith, however, Crawford did an about-face and returned to the team.

Crawford became a bigger part of the team's rotation in his sophomore season, averaging 10.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.[6]

During his junior year Crawford continued to improve. He started 32 of 34 games and averaged 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game. He was the leading scorer in 8 games and set a new career high in an overtime loss against the Georgia Bulldogs with 29 points.

Crawford became the 54th Wildcat to score 1,000 points in his career[7] on December 1, 2007, against the North Carolina Tarheels. As of March 20, he is the 19th all-time leading scorer at Kentucky, with 1,448 points.

On March 20, 2008, Crawford closed his career with a loss to Marquette Golden Eagles in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Crawford was the game's high scorer, matching a career-best with 35 points before fouling out.[8]

Professional career

Joe Crawford was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 58th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft. He signed with the Lakers on August 27, 2008. Crawford was waived by the Lakers on October 22, 2008. Crawford had played in all three exhibition games during the NBA pre-season, averaging 8.3 minutes and 2.7 points. Crawford had to make the team in order for his contract to be guaranteed. Crawford then played in the NBA Developmental League for the Los Angeles Lakers affiliate Los Angeles D-Fenders. On March 26, 2009, Crawford was called up from the D-League by the New York Knicks and signed a 10-day contract.[9] On April 6, 2009 he signed with the Knicks for the rest of the season. On October 22, 2009, Joe Crawford was waived from the Knicks' roster.[10]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008–09 New York 2 0 11.5 .300 .250 1.000 2.0 .5 .5 .0 4.5
Career 2 0 11.5 .300 .250 1.000 2.0 .5 .5 .0 4.5

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