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Jamal Crawford: ‘I feel I can play another four, five years at this level without a doubt’

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Jamal Crawford is set to enter his 18th year in the NBA after inking a two-year, $8.9 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves in free agency.

Although this would indicate that Crawford is in the twilight of his career, he recently told Jerry Zgoda of the Star Tribune that he feels like he can still play another handful of years.

“I feel like 27,” Crawford said. “I feel great, I really do. I take care of myself. I never really get out of shape. I feel I can play another four, five years at this level without a doubt. I feel rejuvenated.”

The decrease in production does draw some concern given that it was his lowest mark since his third year in the league. However, he is still a reliable scorer off the bench that the Timberwolves were looking for this summer. He will come off the bench to fulfill a large offensive burden for his new team along with providing some much-needed veteran leadership.

Crawford is the only three-time Sixth Man of the Year award winner that has scored nearly 10,000 points in that role, which is the highest mark by a wide margin among active players in the league. His 180 games with at least 20 points are also far away as the top mark for active players since the 2000 campaign.

Ultimately, it looks Crawford has much more left in the tank to keep his playing days going for the next several years.