Last week, we offered you a glimpse at the stars of yesteryear and where they are today. From Jonny Flynn to Gilbert Arenas, we tracked down some of the names you may have forgotten.
This week, we have more of the same — lost gems, and players we believed would be something more than they’ve ended up.
Regardless of what they’re doing, we’re here to answer a question. The only question that matters.
Where are they now?
From 2004 to 2008, Joe Crawford was an explosive scorer for the University of Kentucky. While Rajon Rondo and company stole the headlines, it was Crawford that provided the scoring edge.
During the 2008 college basketball season, Crawford was superb. He posted averages of 17.9 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists on a slash line of .469/.364/.762.
He topped 20 points in 13 games and 30 points in three outings that season.
In his final game, Crawford provided 35 points on 13-of-22 shooting from the field and 5-of-8 from beyond the arc. From there, Crawford would be selected with the 58th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.
The Los Angeles Lakers took him and placed him with their D-League affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Crawford played 75 games in the D-League, averaging 19.5 points in that time (via NBA D-League).
Crawford decided to take his scoring prowess international, as he played for Jiangsu in China. He then signed with the Beijing Ducks, but was later cut after supposedly faking an injury.
Crawford nearly played for Banca Tercas Teramo in Italy, but he failed the necessary medical tests.
In 2011, Crawford found his comfort zone when he signed with Maccabi Rishon LeZion. In his first season with the team, Crawford averaged 20.0 points per game and led them to the Cup Final. Unfortunately, Crawford tore a knee tendon in May of 2012.
Sources say he is fully recovered and looking for the right fit. Wherever he ends up, we know he’ll score.
2. Justin Dentmon
From 2005 to 2009, Justin Dentmon was a member of the Washington Huskies. For his career, he averaged 10.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. During his senior season, however, Dentmon became a Pac-12 star. Registering 10 20-point games is a great way to do that for yourself.
Dentmon proceeded to lead Washington to a regular season Pac-12 Championship. In turn, he became an All-Pac-12 first team selection—with good reason.
For the season, Dentmon averaged 14.4 points on a slash line of .453/.412/.824. Even still, Dentmon went undrafted in 2009.
Shortly thereafter, Dentmon signed with Hapoel Afula of Israel . Dentmon would average 19.8 points in 22 appearances.
The 6’0″ guard would opt to play for the Texas Legends in the NBA D-League in 2010-11. In 2011, he also spent time with the San Pedro Cocolos in the Dominican Republic and Toros de Aragua in Venezuela.
His later return to the D-League is what re-defined his career.
Dentmon won the 2012 D-League MVP award after averaging 22.2 points, 5.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He posted a slash line of .468/.429/.870.
It doesn’t hurt that Dentmon led the Austin Toros to winning the D-League championship.
Emporio Armani acquired Dentmon in April of 2012. The pairing was short-lived, though, as Dentmon played just two games before returning to the D-League.
After averaging 17.8 points through 18 games with the Toros, he was traded to the Texas Legends. Through 11 games with his new team, Dentmon is averaging 25.7 points.
Monster. You’ll see.