Free Agency Preview: Jordan Crawford and Chris Douglas-Roberts.

So this is going out of order (I'm supposed to be doing a draft preview next.) but the Pistons had a veteran camp that just ended and so I thought it would be prudent to do a post on the 2 names that figure to actually have some chance to make the team. Going to be kind of quick about both of them though.

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Jordan Crawford. Why would the Pistons want him? bball reference page.

Dude can score. He may not be able to do much else, but he can score. His defense is not all that good, and he is not a very good passer, and he is not a very efficient scorer most of the time. But he can score. Essentially he is a chucker.

Due to his inefficiency, even though he can score in bunches, he might not actually be that good of a scorer (which is why he was out of the league last season) HOWEVA, one thing that he absolutely can do is shoot 3s. He is a career 40.5% from deep. So if nothing else, he would be a guy who can reliably hit 3s, and would assist with the Pistons problem of being a team that is good at shooting lots of 3s but not good at hitting very many of them. I'm freaking stupid. I misread the stats. He is a career 30% 3 point shooter lol.

The best argument for signing him is his time with Boston 2 years ago. Under Brad Stevens he was actually really good, averaging just under 14 points and 6 assists per game and doing it pretty efficiently. The Celtics traded him to the Warriors where he flamed out. Here is the thing, Mark Jackson was still the coach of the Warriors at the time, I think he was a really bad coach. Not just a not very good one, but a really bad one. Stevens is a really good coach, SVG is a really good coach. Ergo, there is reason for some hope that with the Pistons and SVG, Crawford could return to actually being a useful player again.

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Why wouldn't the Pistons want him?

There is a reason he was in China last season. He is not a efficient scorer, but he thinks he is a good one. He is also (supposedly) not the best teammate either, which is not a very good combination to have. He doesn't really play defense either, which is definitely a strike against you as far as SVG is concerned.

Despite the good showing with Boston, there is also a lot more evidence to suggest that Crawford is not really a useful NBA player than there is evidence that he is. Throw in the fact that he is (primarily) a SG and that is not a position the Pistons figure to be in dire need of help at, and he might be a risk that is not really worth taking.

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Should the Pistons sign him?

If they did sign him for cheap I would be ok with that, his shooting scoring would be handy and SVG might be able to make something of him. But I would still mostly lean towards no on him. (hopefully) His skillset is not something that the Pistons need very badly, and there is a good chance that his on and off court habits make him a semi-cancer. So I would say no based off of what I know about him, but once again, if they do sign him I'd be totally fine with that.

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Chris Douglas-Roberts. Why would the Pistons want him? bball reference page.

CDR is the sort of scrappy veteran that most any team would like to have on their bench, as such I was hugely confused as to why he spent all of last season in the D-League quite frankly.

CDR has generally been a sericeable shooter from outside, and while he does not bring a ton as far as playmaking goes he is still capable of doing the basic role player stuff on offense.

On defense he is not great but he plays his tail off and is generally a smart defender who does good things. He can stick with most guards and has the right mentality to hang with bigger wings as well.

On top of that, he is a scrappy player, and the sort of guy who has had to work for his spots in the league since the day he entered it. He has pretty much embraced it and will put his head down and go to work to do whatever task is asked of him. And he has the versatility as a player to fill into different roles.

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Why wouldn't the Pistons want him?

For all the scrappiness, he is a 3 and D player who is not all that good at the 3, and nothing special on D. He tops out as a end of rotation guy who can help your team win, but nothing more than that. There is no way that he is a diamond in the rough, maybe like, some quartz or something, but nothing special. He is also 29 so there is no reason to hope that he can develop into something more with the Pistons.

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Should the Pistons sign him?

It will depend on what else they get in free agency and the draft, but if they do their stuff and still have a roster spot open, I would actually really like CDR. When he got signed by Charlotte and played quite a bit a couple years ago I really liked him. He is the right sort of guy to have on the end of the bench who will play his tail off/be a professional in practice and whatnot, while being able to actually contribute something on the court. Also important is that he is a true wing player, he can play SG or SF, and could even try his hand at some PF in a pinch. Meaning that he can fill more holes on the roster than a lot of guys could. (Which is what you want out of your reserves) He would also give the Pistons a little more peace of mind about the SG position, since even if they are healthy and playing well, none of the Pistons SGs (other than KCP of course) are very good defenders, so at the very least he can give the Pistons another solid defensive option when KCP needs a rest.

Obviously he should not be a priority for the Pistons, but if they have space, I would really like signing him.

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What do you think? Would you take either guy? Where would you see them fitting in? Let me know! We all get smarter!