With Greg Stiemsma skipping town, the Celtics wasted no time in locking up a true center to replace the big man, locking up the notorious Dwight Howard stopper and former Hawk Jason Collins to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, according to Chris Forsberg of ESPN Boston.
THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT THE SIGNING
Collins is an incredibly good post defender and actually plays the pick and roll very well for a big man. I’ll let the numbers do the talking here (via Forsberg)
Collins allowed a mere 0.748 points per play last season, ranking in the 88th percentile among all NBA players, according to Synergy Sports data. He’s stout in the post and can defend the pick-and-roll. Able to match up with players of all shapes and sizes, Collins has the potential to thrive in Boston the way Stiemsma did when he settled into the team’s defensive system
THE BAD NEWS ABOUT THE SIGNING
Collins does not rebound, block shots or score well at all. It’s bargain basement shopping right now for the C’s and they got themselves a veteran one-trick pony. Collins has anemic rebounding rates on both ends of the floor for a center (although they are a little better than Ryan Hollins) and last year he averaged 4.6 points per 36 minutes! So despite those tremendous highlights you see in the video above, you’ll be getting that kind of scoring probably once or twice a season. Given the strength of the C’s bench now, Doc Rivers won’t be asking him to score at all so this shouldn’t be an issue.
The rebounding however is still a concern with this team and the addition of Collins does nothing to address that. Instead, it just makes the problem a little worse.
If Collins can play some D though, enough to let Garnett sit for 5-10 more minutes a game with Collins serving as an anchor on the defensive end of the floor, the C’s will take that in a second. I just hope Jared Sullinger and Chris Wilcox can dominate the boards as advertised…Boston’s second unit will need it.