Allen Crabbe had a solid first year with the Brooklyn Nets, but the Nets need Crabbe to step up and play like the highest paid player on their roster. Can he make that must needed leap for Brooklyn next season?
Allen Crabbe was a player the Brooklyn Nets had their eyes on dating back to 2016. The Nets agreed to a four-year, $75 million offer sheet with Crabbe during the 2016 offseason, but the Portland Trail Blazers quickly matched the deal a couple days later.
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Just over a year later, on July 25, 2017, the Nets and Trail Blazers agreed on a trade sending Crabbe to Brooklyn for Andrew Nicholson. The trade was a win-win deal for both teams at the time. Portland decreased its luxury tax bill from $48.3 million to only $4.4 million.
Brooklyn would finally have its hands on a sharpshooter and have him locked up for years to come.
Crabbe’s first season with Brooklyn was an up-and-down one. Prior to the 2017-18 season, Crabbe was rehabbing an ankle injury and was listed as probable for the season opener.
He was not able to practice much with his new team and concerns were looming whether or not he would fit in right away when the season was under way.
Crabbe did not become a consistent starter till the seventh game of the season. He had a good season with Brooklyn, but would have some cold shooting nights throughout the season.
On the offensive end of the floor, Crabbe was a solid shooter from behind the arc at 37.8 percent. Crabbe did not put the ball on the floor often and kept his play behind the 3-point line. In fact, Crabbe attempted nearly twice as many 3s per game (7.1) than 2-pointers (3.9).
In his first season as a Brooklyn Net, Crabbe started 68 of 75 games. He averaged 29.3 minutes, 13.2 points, and 4.3 rebounds per game.
His first year as a Brooklyn Net was good. Crabbe scored more points than he had in Portland, but his shooting percentages dipped under the added volume.
For the Brooklyn Nets to improve in 2018-19, Crabbe needs to step up in 2018-19.