There are all the clichés athletes regurgitate about not feeling the pressure of a big contract. Then there’s the truth. When the Nets made Allen Crabbe the fifth-highest-paid player in team history and gave him a chance to go from backup in Portland to starter and centerpiece in Brooklyn, it came with a weight he had to grow into. And while it looked too heavy at first, lately the young guard is starting to show signs of being up to the task. “It’s just being more aggressive, just telling myself to stay aggressive,” Crabbe said. “I have a really great opportunity to do bigger things over here, and I just want to take advantage of that, and prove to them that I’m worthy of it. “But most importantly, just playing within the team, still making team plays. My teammates are finding me in transition. I give credit to them, playing team basketball. Things are just happening, shots are falling for me now. I think it’s just about being consistent from here on out.” Inconsistency has always been Crabbe’s bane, often due to waxing and waning aggressiveness. After averaging just 10.6 points on 34.7 percent shooting from beyond the 3-point arc through his first 13 games as a Net, he’s jumped to 19.3 points on 51.9 percent in his last three games. The 25-year-old wing has always been viewed as a gifted shooter who drifts in and out of games, fluctuating from hot to invisible while playing poor defense. With the starting backcourt of Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell both out with knee injuries, the Nets need more from Crabbe. And frankly, they paid for far more.
Allen Crabbe is starting to look worth Nets’ huge investment
New York Post | Nov 21