Wizards' interest surprises Crabbe

Wizards' interest surprises Crabbe
May 25, 2013, 1:30 pm

If the Wizards take a post player with their No. 3 overall pick and are able to trade back into the first round of the draft, California's Allen Crabbe could be their man.

Crabbe is 6-5 out of shoes and has a 6-11 wingspan. He could provide the instant offense that the Wizards, the NBA’s last-ranked offense at 93.2 points per game, needs.

“I definitely hadn't thought about the Wizards. I usually get all the teams that are interested from my agent. They hadn't come up at all,” Crabbe told CSN at the pre-draft combine in Chicago last week. “I definitely was surprised when I saw them on the list of teams that wanted to meet with me. … I know they have a good two guard already in Bradley Beal, but we’ll see.”

At Cal, Crabbe excelled as a scorer under coach Mike Montgomery.  He averaged 18.4 points on 46% shooting, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists at shooting guard.

“Coach Montgomery, he helped me out a lot. Junior year, defenses were focusing on stopping me from getting the ball . He said, ‘You’re not going to get the ball standing on the wing.’ I had to learn how to get the ball,” Crabbe said. “We had bigs that could set screens for me, get me open. If the guy shoots the lane I can flash, take a step back for a jump shot. I definitely have learned.”

While Crabbe rebounds exceptionally well for his position, he leaves a lot to be desired off the dribble. To make it in the pros, he has to be better at it. “Being more comfortable with the ball, more comfortable with breaking somebody down, learning how to get that quick space so I can have that quick second to get the shot off comfortably, that would help me expand my NBA game” Crabbe said. 

That Crabbe has been able to accept that criticism is part of the maturation process for 21-year-old. There's a good chance he'll be gone by the time Washington picks 38th in the second round.  “I want to show people I’m not just an offensive player. I’m trying to figure out ways to impact the game, if it’s getting my teammates involved, rebounding, helping on the defensive side,” Crabbe said. “Not to be just one-dimensional.  If I want to have a long career and a successful career in the NBA, I have to do more things than just come off of screens, shoot the ball and score.”