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Jordan Crawford trade makes Golden State NBA title contenders

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On Wednesday, the Golden State Warriors traded away Toney Douglas in a three team deal with the Boston Celtics and Miami Heat. The imminent return of Rajon Rondo may have made Golden State the favorite to come out of the Western conference playoffs. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Celtics parted ways with Jordan Crawford and Marshon Brooks. Both players have the chance to be prolific scorers if given a chance.

While it seems like an embarrassment of riches for the Warriors, Crawford and Brooks will be needed to play a viable role during the playoff race. CBSSportsline.com reported via Hoopstats.com that Golden State has the worst bench production in the NBA. San Antonio leads the NBA in bench points. The lack of scoring is masked by the tremendous production from Stephen Curry and the starters, but to advance during the postseason, the Warriors needed to make a move.

Jordan Crawford was averaging 13.7 points and 5.7 assists for the Celtics this season. If Crawford is able to stay consistent on the perimeter as the backup, and mesh with the back court, he’ll have a chance to flourish in Mark Jackson’s system. Jordan Crawford has the tendency to get hot and scorch defenses from time to time. The more times Crawford is able to sustain the offense with the second unit, the easier it will be for the Warriors crush the opponents on the defensive end.

Marshon Brooks has yet to find his footing in the NBA, so his impact on the Golden State Warriors is uncertain. Still, he looks like he fits in with the offensive philosophy of the Warriors. It will be up to the newcomers to fit in defensively as well.

For now, this looks like a move that puts the rest of the west on notice.

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