While Jae Crowder would have rather played on this court today, he made the most of his All-Star invitation, leading the East to a 103-99 win over the West last night. NBA coaches use an Efficiency Rating - and by that count Crowder was the best player in the game with a 28 compared to Ricardo Ratcliff's 2nd best 24. A Wall Street Journal recently cited steals and 2-point field goal percentage as two of the best indicators of future NBA success.
Crowder led the game in steals with 3 after being 2nd in the NCAA tournament in steals behind Aaron Craft through three rounds. He hit 73% of his two point shots after being one of the top 10 in the nation the last month of the season at 62%. Of course, points are still emphasized by many GMs, and by that count Crowder would be the top player with 25 to 21 for Ratcliff.
And once again, Crowder did it all without a turnover - one of only five players not to turn the ball over. For the season Crowder was the 7th best BCS player at protecting the ball and 3rd best in 2011. Just another day at the office - in front of NBA scouts. Here is the box score, sorted by NBA efficiency.