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Jamal Crawford doesn’t think his game is similar to Clippers’ Lou Williams


Jamal Crawford is the last big-name left in the free-agent pool after the Portland Trail Blazers snatched Carmelo Anthony last month. Many have clamored for the fan-favorite to make an NBA roster and even compared him to Lou Williams’ ability to be a guaranteed walking bucket off the bench.

In a recent episode of #DontAtMe of The Players’ Tribune, Crawford explained why he doesn’t think this analogy with the Los Angeles Clippers spark plug is a good comparison.

“I see it, I think we’re different, to be honest with you,” Crawford told host Ros Gold-Onwude. “Like Lou’s a great scorer, he’s a great player, I love watching him play. I got a lot of love and respect for Lou. I just think the way we go about it is different. And I think he would probably say that as well. I just think the style of play is a little bit different.

Crawford and Williams have both won three Sixth Man of the Year awards; two of their three have come playing with the Clippers. Both players have excelled under coach Doc Rivers, who seems to have a knack for picking up great second-unit firepower. Crawford explained why:

“Well, he doesn’t get in the way,” Crawford said of Rivers. “So when you empower a player like that, when he’s just thinking, he’s playing and just flowing. He’s basically saying ‘just do what you do. I trust you and I believe in you.'”

It’s that instilling of confidence that have made Crawford and Williams two of the most lethal sixth men the NBA has ever seen. For now, Crawford will wait for the phone to ring, hoping he gets a shot to play in his 19th NBA season.