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Atlanta Hawks are poised to win the Jason Collins sweepstakes

Jul 19, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

Jason and Jarron Collins are truly perplexing NBA players. They dig up roster spots, year after year, despite being essentially useless on a basketball court. They have no post game (they seem to have enough trouble just catching and finishing). They’re very poor rebounders. They don’t stand out defensively. They’re just two seven-footers and high-character teammates, which seems to be enough to earn a yearly NBA salary. They don’t catch your eye on the court, they don’t show up in the box score, and they aren’t favorites of advanced stats. What the Collinses do, strictly speaking,

Next year, the tradition continues, as the Atlanta Hawks are expected to re-sign Jason Collins for the veteran minimum, according to Chris Tomasson of NBA FanHouse. That means a Jarron signing can’t be far behind.

The problem isn’t that these deals are wreckless; if a team’s worst move is signing Jason Collins to a one-year deal for the veteran minimum, they’re in pretty good shape. However, with other qualified bigs playing in the D-League and in Europe, it would be nice to see someone else get a chance. Someone with potential for growth, and while we’re pushing it, maybe even the ability to get a bucket every now and again. If a young player performed at a Collins level during their rookie deal, they’d be out of the league in no time. Yet since Jason and Jarron are veterans with wisdom to impart, they get a free pass on the basketball side of things.

  1. Tremaine - Jul 19, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    If the hawks sign Jason Collins instead of Shaq. I promise I will not go to a game next year.

  2. Kirk - Jul 19, 2010 at 9:02 PM

    Funny, there have been many players throughout the history of the NBA you could say the same thing about. INSTEAD, sports writers, announcers and coaches go out of their way to compliment them on their play by saying things like “these players can’t be measured by just their stats.” Sometimes these very same players have even been the highest paid players on the team. The ONLY difference, these players don’t look like the Collins.

  3. skamz - Jul 27, 2010 at 5:17 AM

    The reason Jason and Jarron Collins stay in the NBA?
    They’re big…not just tall…but they got big cabooses. So if the primary big man goes down or gets in foul trouble…the Collins twins can and do set very effective picks. They also make good defensive rotations and are good for 6 good fouls. They obviously suck offensively, but it’s pretty hard to find a big man for the vet min who can play good fundamental basketball in the middle…that’s what the Hawks want from Shaq…but he a) won’t play for the vet min, b) won’t play defensive, c) is horrible in pick and roll situations, d) and is not a good locker room influence because he’s ego’s so demanding.

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