Former-Bull and 3x Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford Has Officially Retired

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Former-Bull and 3x Sixth Man of the Year Jamal Crawford Has Officially Retired

Chicago Bulls

Jamal Crawford has officially stepped away from the game.

The crafty guard appeared in his final game during the 2019-20 season with the Brooklyn Nets. These 5 minutes of action against the Milwaukee Bucks clocked his only appearance during his age-39 season. So while the writing has been on the wall for quite some time, Crawford finally posted a goodbye message this morning on social media before The Athletic’s Shams Charania released the official word.

https://twitter.com/JCrossover/status/1505795444693082112?s=20&t=4pFLZwweWclfKBQAnEQKLQ

Crawford started his 21-year-long career with the Chicago Bulls back in the year 2000. The Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Crawford with the No. 8 pick, quickly sending him to the Bulls in a draft-day deal. Crawford went on to experience a steady rise over his four seasons in Chicago, which included a final season in 2003-04 where he averaged 17.3 points with 5.1 assists, 3.5 rebounds, and 1.4 steals.

The Bulls eventually traded the surging Crawford to the New York Knicks. Over these next five seasons in the Big Apple, he would rise up the league ranks as one of the NBA’s more lethal shot-creators and ball-handlers. It all led to quite the killer bench role for Crawford in Atlanta and Los Angeles, where he accumulated three Sixth Man of the Year Awards.

When it comes to thinking about some of the most creative and artistic players to ever touch a basketball, Crawford’s name simply has to sit among the best. He was an expert improviser who dazzled with his ball-handling skills and shot-making ability. Few players in history epitomize the meaning of “sparkplug scorer” more than Crawford. He had a knack for the highlight play and offensive explosion, and he reminded us of that late in his career when he became the oldest player in NBA history to score 50+ points. Crawford was 38 years old when he dropped an astonishing 51 points for the Phoenix Suns in 2019 (it would be the second-to-last game of his career).

Anyway, happy retirement to a former-Bull and a true ankle-breaking savant.

Reminisce along with me!

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Elias Schuster is the Lead Bulls Writer at Bleacher Nation. You can follow him on Twitter @Schuster_Elias.