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Reason 9: The addition of Jamal Crawford in Portland
When news broke that former star Brandon Roy was set to retire, the Portland Trail Blazers were itching to find a replacement scorer in the backcourt. Although clearly not playing at the same speed in years past, Roy had the ability to still put up points. And a few days ago, the Blazers filled that void with the acquisition of Jamal Crawford, signing the 2010 NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year with a two-year contract worth $10 million (with a player option for year two). Whether Crawford will start on the Blazers or not is to be seen, but does it really matter? He plays starter minutes anyways, putting in 32.2 minutes per game over his 11-year career. His bread and butter is scoring the basketball, and that’s been portrayed since entering the League. He has averaged 15.4 points per game, and can get his points in a number of ways. He gives the Blazers a go-to scorer when a bucket is needed, and with LaMarcus Aldridge, Gerald Wallce, Nicolas Batum, Marcus Camby, Raymond Felton, Wesley Matthews and Greg Oden, this team could make some surprising noise in the West. Although entering his 12th season with his fifth NBA team, Crawford will continue to put points up on the scoreboard, lobbying for why he still has a few years left in the League.