Crawford to play with Raptors in summer league

Crawford to play with Raptors in summer league
(Daily file photo by Brian Lee)

Northwestern’s all-time leader in games played Drew Crawford told The Daily that he will play for the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 Las Vegas NBA Summer League from July 8-18. The guard is also registered to compete a team of former Wildcats in The Basketball Tournament held in Chicago, but the summer league will interfere with the first round of the tournament.

“I’m going to focus on summer league, but after it’s over with I’ll look forward to playing in the tournament,” Crawford told The Daily.

Crawford last played for NU during the 2013-2014 season, when he averaged 15.7 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game. In his program-record 143 games played, Crawford boasted a .369 shooting percentage from three while scoring 1169 career points.

Last season, the former NU star played in Israel for Bnei Herzeliya and averaged 16.2 points per game. Crawford was the No. 11 scorer in Israel’s Winner League.

“My focus is definitely on summer league,” Crawford said. “That’s the big thing to advance the career, to keep moving forward in my career.”

This is not Crawford’s first time playing in the summer league, as he has already had stints with New Orleans, Toronto and Orlando. After not receiving a spot on the Pelicans following the 2014 summer league, Crawford was picked up by the Magic for a brief period of time. He then went on to play a season in the NBA Developmental League for the Erie Bayhawks, where he averaged just over 16 points per game, before making 2015 summer league appearances with both the Magic and the Raptors.

The Raptors play the Sacramento Kings in the team’s first summer league game on Friday, July 8 at 9 p.m. CST.

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