2015/16 player previews: Jae Crowder

It’s fair to say Jae Crowder and the Celtics are a match made in heaven.

After being acquired in the Rajon Rondo trade, Crowder quickly became a fan favourite in Boston with his hard work and not being afraid to do the dirty work. He signed a 5 year contract worth $35 million in the off-season, which I think will turn out to be an absolute steal.

In the playoffs, Crowder showed the basketball world what he is all about. Defending LeBron James is one of the hardest tasks in basketball and Crowder stood up to LeBron and made every Celtic fan around the world proud. LeBron is used to having it all his own way, but Crowder made it uncomfortable for him.

Crowder didn’t just have an effect on the defensive end, he was efficient on offence and showed he can bury a game-winner.

In season 2015/16 I expect Crowder to really assert himself on this team. He is a leader and he thrives on competition.

Crowder will often be defending the opposition’s best offensive player, so his work will be cut out night in, night out, but I get the feeling Crowder won’t mind that much at all.

Crowder had a good preseason and had a particularly good game against Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks. ‘Melo shot a woeful 4/18 from the field and Crowder was all over him. This performance was very encouraging and proved he has no ill effects from the knee injury he sustained in the final game of the season.

Get ready for some Crowdahhh in season 2015/16.

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