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In mid December of 2014, the Boston Celtics traded away their star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for a package that included Brandon Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first round pick, and a second round pick. At the time, the Celtics were questioned over the type of players they received in the trade. Not one of the players were highly regarded as a young up and coming player. Jameer Nelson and Brandon Wright were traded later in the season which did not help the trade look any better from Boston’s perspective. Jae Crowder, however, did stick in Boston and made the most of his opportunity.

Crowder has proven to be the best player that switched teams in the Rondo trade. There were times where Crowder started for Boston and other instances where he came off the bench as the team searched for a role for the young small forward. Finally, the team found a role for Crowder, a key reserve player, and he excelled at that opportunity. Crowder is an undersized small forward who plays bigger than he actually is. He does not shoot the ball from the outside particularly well, but has a knack for big shots including a game winner late in the season against the Raptors. Crowder’s defense was another part of his game that shined in Boston. He displayed the ability to play tough hard nose defense and showed that he could guard bigger players when the Celtics decided to go with a small lineup. The combination of Crowder and Isaiah Thomas, who was later acquired via trade, coming off the bench provided Boston with a boost that they desperately needed.  The team played better towards the end of the season and the addition of Crowder played a huge role in the team’s late season surge to the postseason. Not only did Crowder play well in Boston, but he embraced playing there. He showed his toughness and emotion while playing which made him an easy player for the fans to like. There is no doubt that the team wants Crowder back and Crowder has also stated that he would like to return. He is a restricted free agent so the team will have a chance to match any offer that Crowder would get on the open market.

The trade involving Crowder has worked out great for the Celtics, while, on the other hand, the trade has been a disaster for Dallas as it appears Rajon Rondo’s time with the Mavericks is over as he enters unrestricted free agency. The Celtics need to keep Crowder on the roster because he became a key role player for the team last year. The toughness that he brings is something that cannot be taught. Although the Celtics are still far away from being a title contending team, having players like Crowder on the roster will help them get to where they want to be.

Colby Gatz covers the Boston Celtics for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @bostonfan_15

https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/17138757-mmmain.jpg?fit=620%2C404&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/17138757-mmmain.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Colby GatzBasketballNBA#Jae Crowder,Boston Celtics,Dallas Mavericks,NBA,Rajon RondoIn mid December of 2014, the Boston Celtics traded away their star point guard Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks for a package that included Brandon Wright, Jae Crowder, Jameer Nelson, a first round pick, and a second round pick. At the time, the Celtics were questioned over the...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?