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Allen Crabbe finished his first season as part of the Brooklyn Nets and well, there's a lot of ways to look at his season. Here we can discuss the good, the bad, and the downright ugly of Crabbe's first season in Brooklyn.
Allen Crabbe is clearly valued by Brooklyn's front office, seeing how they penned him to a huge deal when he was a restricted free agent, which Portland had to match. When Crabbe was traded to the Nets it was mainly due to Portland's huge tax bill. Crabbe averaged career highs in points, rebounds, assists, and minutes played his first year as a Net. Allen also helped establish himself as a key part of the core moving forward plus he bought into the culture the Nets were building. When Crabbe was pushed to be aggressive, he went on a tear. Over the month of April, Allen Crabbe averaged 21.1 points per game on an insane shooting percentage of 55/50/94. When Crabbe is hot, he is scorching.
Crabbe took a lot more 3's as a Net than he did as a Blazer, he went from a high of 3.8 3PA to 7.1 3PA. Due to the increase his percentage tanked hard to 37.8% from deep, down from his previous season of 44.4%. The somewhat worrying part of Allen's game was how inconsistent he seemed to be. It seemed all too common to see Crabbe go from dropping 25 points one game to being nearly invisible the next. At time he was far too passive, others he was far too unselfish. I'm all for being a great team player, but I couldn't help but yell at my TV when Crabbe decided to hide in his shell.
The only ugly part of Allen Crabbe being part of Brooklyn is his contract. Crabbe made $19.3 million this past season, nearly 1/5th of the teams salary space; he's on the hook for over $36 million the next two years, the last year being a player option. It is a lot of money and he is actually the highest paid player on the Nets by a long shot; Crabbe is the 43rd highest paid player in the entire NBA as well.
Hopefully this offseason Allen works on becoming a little more well rounded. When the 2018-2019 season starts I hope to see a more aggressive Crabbe help continue to build towards a bright Nets future.