This past Saturday, the Bucks held a private team workout that included potential first-round picks Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ricky Ledo. Caldwell-Pope is frequently pegged as the Bucks’ first-round pick in mock drafts, while Ledo is an intriguing but yet unknown prospect because there really isn’t much information about him. However, the one missing piece from that event was Allen Crabbe who’s the sharp shooting junior from California. Crabbe was missing from the workout was because of a minor foot injury that he suffered during his work out with the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday.
Crabbe is going into this year’s draft as one of the more efficient perimeter shooters. The 6’6 guard has an excellent and smooth shooting stroke that he utilized to shoot 35% from beyond the arc which extended to behind the NBA three point line. He works best in catch and shoot scenarios (44.1% according to Draft Express and Synergy Sports) which should translate better to the NBA when he’s around more talented teammates compared to the ones at California. While in college, Crabbe was looked at as the main source of the team’s offense so a move to the NBA should work out better for him because he’ll be able to have more space to work with while looking for the open shot.
He may work best as a catch and shoot scorer but Crabbe does a great job using his speed while working off of screens and curls which would fit right in with Milwaukee’s front-court centered offense. Despite his speed and quickness, Crabbe has issues moving past his defender because of his real lack of ability to work with the ball. That alone could greatly hinder his potential as an NBA player because that would take away his ability to work in ISO or pick and roll sets. When he does get in to the paint, he has a solid arsenal of moves consisting of floaters or pull-up jumpers but he’ll still need to work on his ball-handling ability if he wants to have any success getting past some of the best perimeter defenders the NBA has to offer.
Crabbe has a good amount of potential as an NBA defender because of his long and lanky frame (6’11″ wingspan). He used that length as a solid off-ball defender to swat away passes which would ultimately lead into transition attempts.
With that said, Crabbe had his fair share of defensive issues with California because of his real lack of focus which leads to poor defensive positioning or just simply failing to keep track of his opponent.That may be a cause of concern for some NBA scouts, but those are simple issues that should improve under NBA level coaching or just by maturing as a player.
Crabbe is an intriguing prospect because of his dead-eye perimeter shot but he’s still flawed as an overall prospect. While he could fit in the right system as a spot-up shooter in the same mold as Danny Green, I still don’t think he’d be a right fit with the current Bucks team. Most of the blame can go to the fact that they currently don’t have a starting point guard but we would need someone that’s capable of penetrating to the paint and kicking it out to a perimeter teammate for Crabbe to be successful in a Bucks uniform.