Crawford has scored well since arriving in D.C. He's averaging 16.6 points per game as a Wizard, and has nine 20-point performances in 21 games. Productive? No doubt. But there's a cost for each shot Crawford takes, and the fact remains that he is wildly inefficient, even by rookie standards.The Atlanta Hawks could have and should have played him more, had it been in blowouts, while Joe Johnson was out, or in the D-League. No one has any real indication why the Hawks drafted Jordan Crawford or if they had a plan to develop his skills. That the Hawks got themselves in a position where a 30-year-old Kirk Hinrich represented an upgrade at point guard, that the Hawks signed Mike Bibby to a contract so long and bad that they had to throw in Crawford and a future first-round pick to get Washington to trade away a player they didn't really want to keep...none of those things reflect at all well on the organization.
In the last five seasons, one other rookie has taken at least 10 field goal attempts a game and had a True Shooting percentage under .475: Adam Morrison, the No. 3 pick in 2006 and a player currently out of the league. Extend that back 10 seasons and you can add only Dajuan Wagner to that list. Wagner lasted 103 games in the NBA, though awful medical issues can be blamed for that.
Crawford could and should have a better career than either, but that's not a good record of success for prolific and impotent rookie shooters. Also consider that Crawford is 22; this isn't a 19-year-old still learning basketball. Leonsis is brilliant, and knows that Crawford has a lot of work to do to become a true member of any team's core.
This isn't an indictment of hope, just a word of caution to fans who see the gaudy point totals (125 over his last five games) but might miss the context (104 field goal attempts and 27 free throws to get those points, for a True Shooting percentage of .539, or below league average, during this "hot streak"). Crawford is producing, but he's not productive, and there's little in the record to indicate things will snap into place and he'll become an efficient scorer someday soon.
What Jordan Crawford's doing now, putting up gaudy, mostly bad (but better recently) numbers on a terrible Washington team doesn't reflect badly on the Atlanta Hawks. Not yet. Which isn't to say it won't.