Jordan Crawford — Talk about making the most of an opportunity. Crawford has been on this list before, but wow is he finishing out the season the right way.
After a 39-point explosion against Miami, Crawford has only gotten more impressive. There was the triple-double against the Cavs where he finished with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists, then a 23-point night against Charlotte in a rare road win for the Wizards and then 17 points against the Pistons last night. Crawford only shot 35 percent from the floor last night, but his numbers are giving the Wizards victories as Washington has won four of its last five games, with Crawford topping the 40-minute mark in each.
Crawford has upped his scoring average to 11.2 points per game and he’s making everyone wonder how the Hawks could have allowed him to stay hidden on the bench. He’s also making Wizards fans feel like they got a steal in that deadline-day deal.
Ed Davis — While the Raptors playoff hopes have been gone for almost all of 2011, Ed Davis is playing like he’s still battling for a spot in the postseason. Getting extra minutes thrown his way — thanks to an ankle injury to Andrea Bargnani — Davis is finishing out the season strong.
A 17 point, 11 rebound performance against the Bulls, a deceptively quiet eight points and six rebounds in a victory against the Magic without Bargnani and then a career-high 22 points to go with 13 rebounds against the Knicks last night; Davis is showing that while he might still be raw offensively, he’s got some skills.
His 22 against the Knicks came on 10-for-14 shooting, while his 17 points against Chicago came on 7-for-8 shooting. And defensively? With seven blocks over his last four games, Davis hasn’t stopped working on that end of the floor. This is always a good thing when it comes to rookies. When it comes to rookies playing for the Raptors? Damn near impossible. Davis is effective, he’s young and he’s always showing flashes of what’s to come.
Evan Turner — As much as it hurt my heart to do it, Evan Turner was poised to be on this list again. Actually, he was on it until he blew up and scored 21 points against the Celtics last night. Turner’s 21 came on 9-for-14 shooting. It was the first time the second pick in the 2010 draft had reached double figures since a loss to Milwaukee on March 12th.
I have to say I’m happy he had that little break out performance last night because I hate putting him on this list. I wasn’t a huge fan of him with the second pick in the first place, but I hate seeing him struggle and then have to deal with the pressures of being the second overall pick when he’s struggling. It’s been a disappointing season for Turner, and it’s always nice to see him get a good performance in.
Washington @ Indiana, Wednesday @ 7 p.m. ET — John Wall and Jordan Crawford going against Paul George and the Pacers? OK, sounds good to me. While Wall’s solid rookie campaign has gotten lost in the shine of Blake Griffin’s spectacular year, he’s still pretty fun to watch. Crawford’s offensive talents have been chronicled above and George is an intriguing piece to the puzzle. You can never be sure of what you’re going to get from George, but he’s so damn athletic and talented, he makes you tune in. Personally? I’d like to see another wild night where Crawford has stuffed the stat sheet. It annoyed me to see him stuck in Atlanta racking up the DNP-CD’s. Very happy that he got out and is getting a chance to shine.