Joseph "Joey" Crawford (born August 30, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) has been an American professional basketball referee in the National Basketball Association (NBA) since 1977 and wears the uniform number 17. Crawford is one of the most experienced officials in the NBA and has developed a reputation for assessing technical fouls against players and coaches excessively. As of the 2006-07 NBA season, Crawford has worked more playoff (266) and NBA Finals games (38) than any other active referee in the league and has appeared in the Finals every year between 1986 and 2006. In addition to playoff games, Crawford has officiated the NBA All-Star Game in 1986, 1992 and 2000, as well as the 1993 McDonald's Championship in Munich, Germany.
Joe's father, Shag Crawford, was a Major League Baseball umpire in the National League from 1956 to 1975 and his brother, Jerry, is a current major league umpire. Crawford currently resides in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He is married and has three children..
He appeared as a referee in the film Like Mike.