Appeared in 56 games, the most since his third NBA season when he played in 55 contests...Reached double-digit scoring totals for the first time (10.2 ppg) and connected on 38.9% of his three-point attempts...After logging 22 coach's decisions in the first 39 games, Crawford minutes increased substantially over the remainder of the season and on 2/20 at Miami, he found himself in the starting lineup for the rest of the year...In 25 starts he averaged 19.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists (.459 FG%, .390 3FG%, .890 FT%)...With the additional playing time and the ability to avoid injury, Crawford provided excellent offensive production to a club that needed after the trade of Shareef Abdur-Rahim and Theo Ratliff...He equaled his career high of 27 points in a 2/28 game against Orlando and finished the year on fire, tallying 22.1 points over the final nine games and 22.8 in his last six...Led the team in scoring 4 times and scored in double figures 28 times...On the season, Crawford averaged 10.2 ppg and 3.1 rpg (.448 FG%, .389 3FG%, .866 FT%)...Missed three games to injury (injured thumb) and 23 because of coach's decision...SEASON HIGHS: 27pts v/Orl (2/28), 9 rebs (2x), 6 assts @Chi (4/09), 6 stls @Chi (4/09), 2 blks (3x), 49 mins @Hou (2/22), 13 FGM v/Orl (2/28), 4 3FGM (2x), 11 FTM v/Phil (4/06).
Knee problems continue to plague his progress and he has been diligent in his rehabilitation attempts to resume his career...After additional off-season arthroscopic surgery to his left knee on 7/12/02, started the season on the injured list and missed the first nine games (six due to injury, three to coach's decision)....Over the next two weeks, saw limited action in five-of-eight games before physicians and trainers elected to rest him as he continued to endure inflammation in the same knee...Following his absence from the next 17 games Crawford was placed on the injured list for the second time on 1/9... Activated 13 days later (1/24) he wasn't permitted to play and returned to injured list yet again (3/11) when it was determined to shut him down for the remainder of the season as the irritation in his left knee continued...Missed a total of 64 games to injury (139 the last two seasons) and 13 to coach's decision...On the floor, he totaled season highs in a 11/30 game at Orlando, scoring 14 points and grabbing 3 rebounds...In his brief play, Crawford averaged 4.8 ppg and 1.4 rpg (.615 FG%, .875 FT%)...Started four of the seven games he appeared in...SEASON HIGHS: 14 pts @Orl (11/30), 3 rebs @Orl (11/30), 1 asst v/Bos (11/23), 2 stls @Orl (11/30), 2 blks @Orl (11/30), 12 mins @Orl (11/30), 4 FGM @Orl (11/30), 5 FTM @Orl (11/30).
Year came to a crashing halt when the 6-9 forward suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament in the second quarter of the Hawks' 11/10 game at San Antonio...The injury caused him to miss the final 75 games of the regular season...Misfortunes continued in the off-season when his comeback efforts were halted in when he had to have additional arthroscopic surgery on 7/12...After experiencing some discomfort in the same left knee on the first day of rookie/free agent camp, an MRI revealed some cartilage damage to a bone in that area forcing doctors to perform another surgical procedure...Team trainers expected him to return to on-court action around the start of training camp...In his brief action, Crawford averaged 7.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 0.7 apg and 0.3 spg (.467 FG%, .733 FT%)...Started four of the seven games he appeared in...SEASON HIGHS: 14 pts @LAC (11/5), 6 rebs (2x), 2 assts @Pho (11/8), 1 stl (2x), 2 blks (2x), 33 mins @Utah (11/7), 6 FGM @LAC (11/5), 5 FTM @Utah (11/7).
Missed 30 games due to injury or illness a season ago...Saw action in 47 contests with a career-high 22 starting assignments...Battled a sprained left ankle all season, and it utimately forced him to have surgery to remove bone spurs from that ankle on 3/29...Before his season-ending surgery, Crawford played outstanding basketball from 2/18 to 3/10...In 28-plus minutes of action, averaged 11.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg, and made .528 FG and .794 FT...Ironically enough, his best game of the season came during that stretch, when he drilled 10-of-14 shots en route to 27 points against the Lakers on 2/23...Scored 20 points or more (2x), and 10 or more (12x)...Led Hawks in scoring and assists one time...SEASON HIGH: 27 pts @LAL (2/23), 9 rebs v/Orl (11/4), 5 assts @Sea (2/27), 3 stls @Van (11/6), 3 blks v/Hou (3/7), 10 FGM @LAL (2/23), 1 3 FGM (6x), 7 FTM (2x), 39 mins @LAL (2/23).
Had a difficult season, as shooting slumps and injuries plagued him and kept him from regaining his 1998-99 form He missed 17 games due to injury (three - bruised tailbone and elbow; one - bruised tailbone; 13 - sprained left ankle) including the final 13 contests of the season Also registered 10 DNP-CDs (coach's decision) ...For the season, averaged 4.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 0.6 apg (.397 FGs, .259 3FGs, .778 FTs)...Scored 10 points or more (7x) ... Led the team in scoring (1x) Averaged 5.5 ppg on the road (.432 FGs) and 3.6 ppg (.351 FGs) at home... In his 11 starts, Crawford averaged 5.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg (.338 FGs, .600 FTs) ... HIGH GAMES: 18 pts (tied career-high)(2x), 8 rebs (career-high) @NJ (12-19), 4 assts (career-high) @Vanc (11-10), 2 blks (2x), 2 stls (3x), 7 FGs (tied career-high) @Vanc (11-10), 6 FTs @Orl (3-22), 40 mins (career-high) @Vanc (11-10).
He got his chance to contribute in the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, when he filled in for the injured LaPhonso Ellis as a starter for the final 30 games of the season and averaged 7.9 ppg in that stretch...Scored in double-figures 13 times and led the Hawks in scoring five times...Posted 16 points (5-9 FG, 5-5 FT), 3 rebounds and 3 steals in a 106-94 victory over the Boston Celtics on 4/22...Scored 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in a 103-81 victory over the Toronto Raptors on 4/20...Totaled 15 points (6-8 FG) and 3 rebounds in a 91-79 victory over the Orlando Magic on 4/16...Recorded a team-high 17 points (7-13 FG) and 6 rebounds in a 77-70 victory over the Boston Celtics on 4/14...Registered a team-high 15 points (6-10 FG, 2-2 FT) and 4 rebounds against the Detroit Pistons on 4/7...Made his first career start in an 85-72 victory over the Detroit Pistons on 3/14...Posted 14 points (6-7 FG) and 3 rebounds against the Miami Heat on 3/10.
Crawford was the second-latest draft pick to make an opening day roster in 1997, behind DeJuan Wheat, who was picked by the Lakers at the 52nd spot
...Crawford saw limited action with the Hawks as a rookie, appearing in 40 games, all as a reserve....He averaged 3.8 points and 1.0 rebounds in just 6.4 minutes per game, shooting .418 from the field but a strong .838 from the foul line...Crawford twice tallied a season-high nine points. He scored nine points, all from the foul line (in 10 attempts), against San Antonio on 1/21, and he posted nine points, with five rebounds, against Denver on 2/25. He also had eight points, with three rebounds and three assists, against Dallas on 1/14. And in his NBA debut, be scored six points in six minutes against Sacramento Kings on 11/4....He played in just one game of the Hawks' 3-1 playoff loss to Charlotte, scoring two points from the foul line and grabbing a pair of rebonds in four minutes of action.
A 6-9 forward, Crawford averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 rebounds in 113 games at Marquette. After seeing limited action as a freshman, his minutes and productivity increased steadily over the next three years. He averaged 6.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.5 minutes per game as a sophomore, 11.2 points and 4.1 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game as a junior and 14.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 31.0 minutes per game as a senior, when he started all 31 gaes and led the Warriors to the Conference USA tournament championship. His field goal percentage of .469 ranked fifth in the conference and he was chosen to the All-Conference USA Third Team.