Before Crowder 2010 came to Marquette University, he played at the Howard County Junior College. During his college years, he scored 11.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in the first year and 17.5 points and 8.4 rebounds on average in the second year.
In the 2012 NBA Draft he was selected at the beginning of the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers and transferred on the same evening in a trade to the Dallas Mavericks. On July 20, 2012, he signed his rookie contract in Dallas. At times, Crowder was used as a starter, where he was able to convince phases. Even in his first year as a pro he had a four - point game.