NBA veteran Jamal Crawford tips hat to Rafer Alston as his playground inspiration
Free-agent guard Jamal Crawford arguably has one of the sickest handles and crossover packages in NBA history. In a recent interview with Uninterrupted, Crawford admitted that he drew a lot of inspiration from Rafer Alston.
"My biggest playground inspiration was definitely Skip to my Lou, Rafer Alston…No matter where I went I'd take that And-One mixtape with me."
— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) August 24, 2019
Prior to entering the NBA, Alston was a legend in the streetball scene with his insane crossovers and handles. People dubbed Alston as “Skip to My Lou” in the parks due to his uncanny skipping dribble as he made his way down the court.
Alston is also known for being the most successful player to make the transition from streetball to the NBA. Though he never really fully tapped into his streetball persona in the professional ranks, Alston still wowed the crowd from time to time.
The 6-foot-2 point guard had a solid 11-year NBA career. He averaged 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists through 671 career games. The highlight of his career came when he, as their starting point guard for most of the post-season, helped the Orlando Magic reach the 2009 NBA Finals.
Crawford made his name as a professional scorer who can get buckets anytime he wants to. Likewise, he has broken his fair share of ankles with his insane handles, including his signature behind-the-back crossover dribble.
The 39-year old guard is still on the market, and teams looking for a scoring spark off the bench could definitely use someone like him. He spent his 2018-19 campaign with the Phoenix Suns. In 64 appearances last season, Crawford averaged 7.9 points and 3.6 assists across 18.9 minutes per game.