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Joe Crawford is a top 10 NBA prospect in Israel

I take it a lot of you aren’t follow Joe Crawford’s career for Maccabi Rishon in Isreal. That’s OK, though. Sheridan Hoops has your back. The basketball website ran by former NBA writer Chris Sheridan ranked the top 10 NBA prospects in Israel, and our man Joe made the list.

Have a read:

Joe Crawford — G, Maccabi Rishon Leziyon: After stints with the Lakers, Knicks and Kings, Crawford has gone to a situation where he is able to get significant minutes on a winning team. Already an accomplished scorer, Crawford has proven that he can defend, rebound and run an offense at a very high level. Crawford is probably in the best shape of his career right now, showing excellent quickness and leaping ability to go with his strong frame.

While Crawford is more of a 2-guard with his outstanding jump shot, he has significantly improved his point guard skills and should be more than capable of playing both spots in the NBA. Though he has been one of the top scorers in the league, averaging 19 points a game, Crawford has gotten his numbers throughout the flow of the game and his willingness to move the ball and keep his teammates involved has been a large factor for his team’s success so far this season.  It should be interesting to see whether Joe or his brother Jordan (Washington Wizards) ends up being the better player in the long run.

Crawford is a top 5 scorer in the IPL this season, averaging 19.8 points, 3.2 assists, and 4 rebounds per game. While his success overseas is great, I don’t know that we’ll be seeing him back in the states on an NBA team. Joe will be 26 at the time of next year’s NBA Draft, and it’ll be hard to imagine a team signing him from Israel over a young player right out of college. It’ll take a perfect opportunity for Joe to play in the league.

Also, I don’t see the debate between the careers of Joe and Jordan Crawford. I love Joe, but his younger brother already has a triple-double in the NBA and he’s averaging double figures through his first two seasons in the league.

Still proud of the former Cat, though.

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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22 Comments for Joe Crawford is a top 10 NBA prospect in Israel

  1. yeah first!!
    11:48 am January 23, 2012 Permalink

    If ye ain’t first….. ya last!!! yep…always

  2. Makers Marksman
    11:52 am January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I love Joe-Joe. Hope he makes it back to the league….The Bobcats could use him.

  3. Jimmy
    11:54 am January 23, 2012 Permalink

    boy joe had some tough times early in his career uk. glad to see him doing well. GO JOE!!!

  4. catdaddyd
    11:58 am January 23, 2012 Permalink


  5. Siddartha
    11:58 am January 23, 2012 Permalink

    What is his brother doing now? I honestly don’t know. His brother may, have actually been the better player, but I will never forget the way he acted when his team played UK, and his brother had a great game while Joe had an awful game. I understand sibling rivalry, but his brother rubbed it in Joe’s face so much it turned my stomach. Joe’s a good kid who has gone through a lot, and deserves success.

  6. Andy
    12:00 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    This is only Jordan’s second year in the league and he averaged 4.2 ppg last year.

  7. Inspector Tipton
    12:02 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’m outside the Kentucky basketball Offices with binoculars

  8. Drew Franklin
    12:05 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    6. — He averaged 11.7 last season.

  9. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    12:05 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Other names on the list:

    Jarvis Varnado
    D.J. Strawberry

  10. mashley
    12:05 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Top 10 NBA prospect in isreal= wow, I think. Seems to me that’s like saying you are them top hurdler on a Midget track team

  11. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    12:10 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    So what’s he make in a year in Isreal?

  12. corny joke
    12:24 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    11- he dont make much in Israel…they are pretty Jewish with their money over there

  13. Bledsoe's Biceps
    12:41 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I agree it will be very tough for Joe to make an NBA roster at this point. Regardless of his talent, his age will be an issue. He’ll need a friend in the front office or coaching staff for someone to add him. Hope it happens, but it is a long shot.

  14. Andy
    1:01 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah, you’re right about the averages. The site I looked on was only giving me his Hawk’s numbers for last year. He also leads Joe in dunks on Lebron James

  15. Frankthetank
    1:16 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    i’m the J-O-E to the C ho. Call me Joe C, got more game than Coleco..

  16. Head Bussa
    2:01 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Joe could very well get a shot still. His shooting ability is ridiculous – really. If he can take that over to some tryouts with the NBA there may be one team willing to give him a shot. I sure hope so. Joe is a great guy and has worked really hard to be a very good player. Don’t ever forget how he put us on his back his senior year after Ramel went cold late in the season. Joe went bonkers in that closing stretch of games, ending with his 30+ point performance in the first round NCAA exit. He is a big-time player. He just isn’t too tall at his position. That is really what is hurting him.

  17. Yep
    2:23 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Goes to show how many players tubby smith screwed because he didn’t let his players play to their potential!

  18. bigbluemist
    3:05 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Let’s go Joe! You can do it!

  19. kyle heavy
    3:32 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    What ticks me off about a player like Jordan Crawford is for some reason he has been given the green light to shoot at will. The kid has averaged 11.5 ppg in his NBA career… GREAT. He has also only shot 39% on field goals and 27% on threes. Players like Joe could do that easily if given the green light. I truly think Joe is the better player by far.

  20. Calipari'sInYourEar
    4:47 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    “Joe will be 26 at the time of next year’s NBA Draft…”

    Hey Drew, you can’t participate in the NBA draft more than once. He could be signed as a free agent at any time.

  21. fan
    5:13 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    joe was a very good player,, just not the great player everyone expected and then fans turned on him some
    when he transferred and then didnt transfer his freshman season,,,, i think that joe would have been a
    much better player under calipari

  22. SoCalCat
    7:50 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Tweet…. Grammar violation…. Turnover Drew Franklin…. ran vs. run error…. 🙂