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Isaiah Crawford is the most underrated prospect

Every draft sees one or two gems selected in the second round, whether it’s Nikola Jokic, Draymond Green or even Manu Ginobili. There are so many prospects in the 2024 NBA Draft who could ultimately serve as very good role players in the NBA.

A pick to steal in the second round is Louisiana Tech’s Isaiah Crawford.

Crawford is a 6-foot-1 wing who also has a 7-foot-1 wingspan, which is ridiculously long for a wing. He specializes in defense and the statistics support this. He averaged 2.1 steals and 1.7 blocks per game, showing he has elite defensive play potential. At the next level, it is clear that his calling card will be on defense as he has incredible versatility in that area.

The elite defensive player is more than just a defender, as he shot over 40% from behind the arc in his final two years in college. With that efficient shooting from deep and elite defensive versatility, he already has a clear role in the NBA as a 3-and-D wing. Nearly every NBA team wants a 3-and-D player on their roster to help surround their star players.

While he could thrive as a strict spot-up shooter and versatile defender, he is also a solid playmaker who makes quick decisions with the ball. During his final two years in college, Crawford produced over two assists per game as he showed solid secondary playmaking skills. If he can attack closeouts and occasionally create teammates at the next level, his stock as a role player will absolutely skyrocket.

Even though he played for a high school where his competition isn’t as elite and he was somewhat forced into a primary scoring option, he actually didn’t look that bad scoring the ball. Crawford averaged just over 16 points per game while shooting 49% from the field during his college career. The tall wing doesn’t do anything flashy, but still finds ways to score.

Crawford is truly an all-rounder, because he is a talent who can defend, shoot, pass and score. It’s a little confusing why he’s not a consensus top 20 candidate considering he’s all the NBA is looking for in today’s game, but all it takes is one team fully buying into him and signing him selects in the first round. If Crawford happens to slip into the second round, he could easily be the stealer of the draft.

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