Jamal Crawford has declared his retirement from the NBA after being out since 2019. He had the exception of a one-game stint with the Brooklyn Nets on the Orlando bubble in 2020.
Crawford scored 51 points in his last non-bubble NBA game. He became the oldest NBA player to score at least 50 points in a game. He surpassed Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Karl Malone. Crawford played for the Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Phoenix Suns, and Brooklyn Nets throughout his 20-year NBA career.
Crawford shares the record for the Sixth Man of the Year Awards with Lou Williams. When he was with the Hawks, Crawford established himself as an automatic bucket off the bench. He smoothly transitioned from a starter to someone who could come off the bench and fire up the opposing team for at least 30 points on any given night.
Crawford was a key element of the Clippers’ “Lob City” era. He provided a consistent scoring presence when Chris Paul and/or Blake Griffin needed a break. Crawford was more than capable of starting in the NBA. He should’ve been an All-Star at some point in his career. Crawford ranks ninth all-time in three-point attempts with 2,221 and had four career 50-point performances. He, on the other hand, was unfazed by anything and was always eager to do what was best for his team.
Crawford was a star for the Knicks at Madison Square Garden before becoming an elite Sixth Man. He was a ray of hope for an otherwise doomed organization at the time. Crawford really came into his own at that point. He dazzled The Garden faithful with his spectacular show of crossovers and ease with which he scored the ball.
Crawford’s best game as a Knick occurred on January 26, 2007, when he scored 52 points in front of his home crowd and drained eight three-pointers, tying Latrell Sprewell’s franchise record for most threes made in a game.