YSTL: Will bench woes doom Warriors?
Jordan Crawford, 26, has averaged 13.7 ponts, 3.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 30.7 minutes of floor time per game this season. (AP)
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OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Wednesday acquired some much-needed punch for their bench, acquiring guards Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks from the Boston Celtics.
The Warriors sent backup guard Toney Douglas to Miami as part of a three-team deal. The trade initially was reported by Yahoo! Sports.
Crawford, 25 and in the final year of his rookie contract, is a combo guard but has spent most of this season running the point for Boston in the absence of starter Rajon Rondo. Rondo is expected back sometime within the next week, maybe as soon as this weekend.
The Warriors got a first-hand look at Crawford when the Celtics visited Oracle Arena on Friday. The 6-foot-4 Xavier product finished with 10 points and seven assists in 34 minutes as the Warriors pulled out a 99-97 victory.
Brooks, a 6-5 Providence product, was called up from the D-League just last week.
The upside of the deal: Crawford is an exponentially better athlete than Douglas, a free agent signed last summer but was a disappointment in his brief time with the Warriors. Crawford's first brush with fame came when, according to various accounts, he dunked on LeBron James during a 2009 basketball camp.
Crawford's season highs in 2013-14 are 25 points, 11 assists and 11 rebounds. He submitted a triple-double (11 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists) on Nov. 29 against Cleveland.
The potential downside: Crawford, a first-round pick in 2010, can be a volatile, unstable presence. There is a reason he already has been traded four times.
The most notable incident involved a beef with Knicks star Carmelo Anthony. Crawford trash-talked Anthony on the court and speculation was that his comments were disrespectful to Anthony's wife.
For this reason and others -- neither Crawford nor Brooks play much defense -- do not assume the Warriors won't make another deal.
As is, though, Crawford and Brooks are more intriguing than what they previously possessed as reserve guards and would be capable of giving starting point guard Stephen Curry an occasional blow.