Northwestern NBA Summer League Update

We check in with the two former Northwestern basketball stars, Drew Crawford and John Shurna, who are in the NBA Summer League hoping to make a roster.

Drew Crawford

Drew Crawford, who spent all of last year in the NBA D-League with the Orlando Magic-affiliated Erie BayHawks, spent the last week in, fittingly, the Orlando Summer League, teaming up with the Orlando Magic.  The Magic, by the way, put two teams into the league.  Crawford played on the Blue squad which includes first round picks Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon, and Mario Hezonja who will DUNK ON YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY.

The White team was full of scrubs.

Crawford didn’t get a ton of run in Orlando, averaging a little under 17 minutes a contest.  In his first game on July 4th, Crawford saw just 11 minutes and change, while the Magic ran their rookie and sophomore draft picks pretty hard, playing Gordon, Payton, and Roy Devyn Marble 30+ minutes and giving Hezonja a little over 22.

Drew saw slightly more action his second game, before being turned loose in the third contest, getting 24 minutes on the court and scoring 9 points, his personal high of the Orlando League.

Game-by-Game Breakdown

July 4th vs LA Clippers 11:44 2/6 0/2




July 6th vs OKC Thunder 13:47 2/7 0/2




July 7th vs Memphis Grizzlies 24:03 3/6 1/3




Obviously the biggest thing that sticks out is Crawford’s three-point shooting.  He wasn’t a knock-down shooter in the D-League this past season (shooting a hair over 35%), but he’s a much better shooter than just 1-7.  That’s pretty much an anomaly.  After his first game, Crawford rebounded well, shot a better clip from the field and, according to reports, played pretty good defense too.  In the Magic’s 4th game, Crawford did not play, presumably because he’s off to Las Vegas to join the Toronto Raptors’ Summer League squad there.  All-in-all, probably not the performance Crawford was looking for, but he didn’t give a terrible account of himself.  Room to improve in Las Vegas, but a decent entry point.

John Shurna

John Shurna will be on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Summer League squad when they take to the court in Las Vegas.  His first game will be at 9:30 CST tonight as the Cavs take on the Golden State Warriors in a rematch of the NBA Finals (kinda).


Apparently, the Orlando Magic aren’t sure if Drew Crawford is Danny Crawford’s son or not, but they really hope that he is.

We’ll be back next week to cover Shurna and Crawford as they dominate Las Vegas.  Stay tuned.

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