Jae Crowder of the Boston Celtics has upped his game, that is not debatable. What is a debate is wheather or not he is now considered elite. Many times he is overshadowed by Isiahah Thomas,which is why he is missing most of the time when talking elites. Jae is by far the most improved player on the celtics.Everyone knows about Jae’s shooting improvement, so I will be focusing on more of the less obvious aspects of Jae Crowder’s game that has improved, to hopefully give him this debate a rest.
According to former NBA player Shane Battier Jae Crowder is He is an amazing glue guy. With his energy and his toughness and fearlessness he gives a young team in Boston a great amount of heart. There is not one aspect of Jae Crowder’s game that leaves you in awe, but he does everything well and the Celtics are better when he is on the floor. It’s easy to see why Brad Stevens likes leaving him out there for heavy minutes. This Coming from one of the games very best glue guys.
Jae Crowder has not only been a glue guy or the Celtics but he has also upped his game on the defensive side. Not to say he was ever bad on defense but this year he has proven himself. He can cover any other elite player and has zero issue being called upon to do so. With his defensive effort he has earned his spot as the Celtics Defensive leader. This spot has been vacant since the trade of Kevin Garnett, and Jae Crowder has filled it with no problem.
Will to Win!
Jae Crowder has always had a strong motor and great attitude. This year it seems to have come out more that other years. Maybe because of his new role or how well Boston fans have accepted him. Jae does not care if you call him a glue guy or a defensive guy. As long as in the end you are calling him a winner. When Jae asked about being a glue guy responded with this, I just want to be a basketball player, Glue guy, whatever you want me to be I’ll be it. I just want to win at the end of the day. He’s a typical Celtic!
Boston Celtics’ Jae Crowder reacts after making a basket against the Philadelphia 76ers during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015.