Veteran Jamal Crawford dished on a variety of topics during a recent interview with The Crossover, one of which was who he thought had the early inside track on claiming the 2020 NBA championship. His response was succinct, picking his former team, the LA Clippers:
“Clippers. I think their pieces fit together a little bit better. They have more guys who can knock down shots and make plays at the end of the game. With Lou [Williams], Paul [George], and Kawhi [Leonard], they have three guys they can go to.”
Jamal Crawford on the 2020 NBA Champs – "Clippers. I think their pieces fit together a little bit better. They have more guys who can knock down shots & make plays at the end of the game. With Lou, Paul George, & Kawhi, they have 3 guys they can go to."
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All three players that Crawford mentioned are averaging in excess of 21 points per game to this point in the season. In addition, forward Montrezl Harrell has also reeled off 18.8 points per game as a reserve, although his offensive primarily comes from attacking the glass.
Despite all of the Clippers’ early season success, it’s the Los Angeles Lakers who sit atop the Western Conference standings. They enter Tuesday 17-3, although one of those three defeats came at the hands of the Clippers back on Oct. 22.
While a lot of the talk has centered around the new superstar duos in Los Angeles with LeBron James and Anthony Davis and Leonard and George, the Milwaukee Bucks still boast the league’s top mark at 18-3, while having the reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo on their roster.
Crawford, who has been vocal about trying to still get a roster spot at some point during the 2019-20 season, could be a serviceable bench asset for many premier organizations, even at age 39. He spent five years with the Clippers, primarily during the Chris Paul/Blake Griffin years, and while that team never got a ring, Crawford envisions the 2019-20 installment will.