Jordan Crawford's Shooting Woes

Jordan Crawford wanted to impress his family. I get the feeling he generally wants to impress everyone, actually. Last night in Detroit, in front of at least 25 of his family members, Jordan stunk. He posted his second consecutive 2-12 shooting night and is now an impressively bad 35.9% from the field. Factor in his 3.2 attempted threes per game that go in 27% of the time, and you have got to be having a historically significant season, right?

I got myself thinking. Jordan Crawford doesn’t play that much, but shoots a lot. I mean, he shoots A LOT. In fact, Jordan is shooting the ball at an impressive clip. Since the advent of the three-point line, only 21 other players have shot the ball over 11 times a game while playing less than 23 minutes a game. Basically, Jordan Crawford is a chucking machine. Of these 22 players, Crawford is having the worst success of all of them.

Players since 1980 who have attempted more than 11 field goals in less than 23 minutes per game:

Believe it or not, it gets sadder for Jordan, and Wizards fans everywhere. In the entire history of the NBA, there are only two players who have shot as often and poorly as Crawford in as little amount of time (chart below). The other culprit – the immortal, former rookie of the year and one-time all-star, Woody Sauldsberry (everyone’s favorite player, I know). Woody graced the basketball world with this potentially unmatchable task in 1961, when the average field goal percentage was 41.5%. This year’s average is 44.3%. Jordan is in rare company, but I’m sure not even he can eclipse Woody’s 29.9% shooting on 11.1 attempts in 21.6 minutes a game.

Here are the players since 1947 who attempted more than 11 field goals in less than 23 minutes a game, while shooting less than 36%:



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