The only problem is Jae Crowder is the kind of guy you always wanted NEXT to Mike Conley in Memphis. Sadly, Crowder is joining the Grizz at the beginning of a new era, not the Grit and Grind era he would have truly shined in.
He does, however, still have that opportunity to shine on Beale Street as only three positions are believed to be locked down heading into the pre season — Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Jonas Valanciunas.
So who is Jae Crowder and what does he bring to the table?
Corey Jae Crowder was born July 6 1990 — Happy Late Birthday— the son of former NBA player Corey Crowder. Crowder was not in the ESPN 100 in the class of 2008 and ended up signing with South Georgia Tech and then Howard College where he won a National Championship in Junior college.
During that run, he made a name for himself being ranked a four star recruit heading into his junior year, a rare feat for a junior transfer. Crowder went on to win Big East Player of the Year his senior year for the Marquette Golden Eagles leading to the Cleveland Cavaliers drafting him 34th overall in the 2012 draft, with his rights being traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
His time in Dallas was short, being sent to the Boston Celtics after two and a half seasons averaging less than 5 points per game. Jae had his best offensive run in the NBA during his two and a half season run with the Celts, averaging 12.8 points per game.
But Crowder was moved again, this time back to the team that drafted him in exchange for Kyrie Irving. Cleveland had no plans for Crowder as he was moved the same season he was acquired to the Utah Jazz, where he played a vital role for an improving playoff contender.
Jae has never spent more than 202 games with any team during his 7 year career. So what will the plan be for him in Memphis? Will he be a mentor and contributor? Or will he be moved at the deadline to a contender for assets? Who knows — for now, he is a Memphis Grizzly and brings a lot to the table, and he reportedly wants to be here:
As far as newcomers in Grizz-Jazz trade, expect Grayson Allen to join summer league squad as soon as this weekend's back-to-back. And word is Crowder wants to stay in Memphis in what could be vital role for accomplished vet on young team. Korver, meanwhile, is passing through. https://t.co/2Cx3lgiYBo— Michael Wallace (@MyMikeCheck) July 6, 2019
Jae Crowder is a hard nosed defender and three point shooter. That 3 and D type guy the Grizzlies have always been looking for.
Last season in Utah, he played in 80 games averaging 11.9 points on 33% shooting from 3, 4.8 rebounds and .8 steals. For his career he is a plus player in +/- and has a career 107 Defensive Rating.
No, he isn't a superstar and he's not the guy you came to watch. But he will be the guy to do the little things throughout the game that lead your team to victory. He shows up to play and doesn't care about the attention.
Memphis you are getting another blue collar guy coming to work at the FedEx Forum, a perfect Grizzly.