Jamal Crawford fires back at LeBron James advanced stats tweet attacking Lakers star
Jamal Crawford is not a fan of StatMuse’s most recent advanced statistics highlighting Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James’ supposed decline this season. As the numbers pointed out, The King is experiencing career-lows in several categories in 2020-21, including win shares, value over replacement player, player efficiency rating, and box plus/minus.
An unamused Crawford re-tweeted the post on Friday and claimed that James’ greatness goes far beyond what the box score suggests. Plus, other Twitter users are already questioning the legitimacy of the tweet since it came from a rather unreliable source.
Eye test shows he's doing things that no one has this late in their career…. https://t.co/mNd10U8yw0
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) February 27, 2021
It’s hard not to agree with Jamal Crawford on this one given the magnificent things James consistently does on the floor in his 18th season in the league. After all, fans are so used to the Lakers forward’s greatness that even the slightest dip in his performance becomes national news.
The 4-time NBA MVP is once again a frontrunner for the award this season, with averages of 25.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 8.0 assists in 33 games prior to the Lakers’ game versus the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday.
The reigning champions haven’t looked as formidable as of late, losing four games in a row, and have gone 5-5 in their last 10 contests. LeBron will always be looked under a microscope each time his team struggles, regardless of the unfavorable circumstances that the Lakers have right now. Pundits often disregard the fact that a 36-year-old forward is trying his best to keep his team afloat, despite playing without two starters in Anthony Davis and Dennis Schroder.
Jamal Crawford, meanwhile, is indeed a veteran of the sport and knows firsthand that numbers don’t always reveal the full story.