With Barbosa out for the season few weeks ago, the Celtics have traded him along with Jason Collins for high-volume shooter Jordan Crawford. The Celtics were doing so in expectation that Crawford would develop into a more efficient scorer. He was known as an erratic shooter from the field at 39.9 percent, especially at his time in the Washington Wizards.
Through his four games as a Celtic, he has not really quieted his critics as he made only seven of his 21 attempts from the field (33.3 percent). But Celtics coach Doc Rivers looks to wait and see as he helps Crawford adjust to his new surroundings. More from ESPN Celtics Blog by Chris Forsberg:
"That’s fine by me," Rivers said of Crawford looking for his shot. "I want him to be aggressive. Again, I think Jordan, [observers are] looking for him to make a bad offensive play. Paul [Pierce] made one; Kevin [Garnett] made one. Offensive players are going to make a couple bad offensive plays. I thought he made far more good ones than that. I want him to stay aggressive. I thought that [first-quarter drive] could have been a foul, he just went into the trees and couldn’t get out. I don’t want to take away what he can do, that’s very important."
If the C's can find a way to develop him as an efficient scorer, their bench points would definitely have a substantial boost, which can help them for the upcoming NBA playoffs as it draws near.