I Can't think of any moves that are more responsible for the Blazers funk than putting Crawford at the back up point. It's a small move on the surface but hugely significant to the team's mentality. Crawford is the only player the Blazers have that steps outside the offense to get his shot and the Blazers need that to take the pressure off of Aldridge, Felton, and Batum. Those guys get their shots within the flow of the offense which is great, but a winning team has to have players that don't hesitate to put up their shots whether its the first or fourth quarter or if they are hitting or not hitting. Their confidence always has to be there. Making Crawford the back up point has caused him to hesitate with his shot and now his confidence is lost. He needs the green light as soon as steps on the floor to bring that offensive confidence to the whole team. Not to mention he's just not a good point guard. Would rather see Elliot Williams get a shot at that and have Crawford go back to shooting when he gets in the game.
This team doesn't have traditional stars at this point. Maybe Aldridge will find his groove again, or Felton will start hitting his shot, or Batum will become a better finisher in traffic, but right now It has to be a mix and match of roles. Crawford needs to be fullfilling the role in which we signed him for otherwise this team has the same problem it had before the off season problems. An offense that inevitably stalls out.