NBA Roundtable

Collins Joins Hawks

In Free Agency on September 4, 2009 at 2:30 am

Hawks.com reports

The Atlanta Hawks have signed veteran center Jason Collins, according to Executive Vice President/General Manager Rick Sund. Per team policy, terms were not announced.

“Jason provides us with additional size and a good interior defensive presence,” Sund said. “He has extensive experience, having started in two NBA Finals with the Nets, and is another player with strong character and leadership qualities.”

A nice signing for the Hawks here.

Jason Collins is a solid fifth big in the rotation who’ll be able to provide spot minutes for the Hawks when required.

He’s a good defensive player. Unfortunately, it does appear that Collins is slowing down defensively and that he isn’t doing as good job on that end of the floor as he was 3-4 seasons ago, which is one of the main reasons why he’s no longer good value for a regular rotation role … but he is still is above average defensively.

On the boards, he’s very poor at grabbing rebounds but he does an excellent job of keeping his opponent off the glass. Collins’ boxing out was one of the chief reasons why the New Jersey Nets regularly ranked amongst the league leaders in defensive rebounding percentage.

Offensively, Jason Collins is a terrible scorer. He hardly ever scores and when he does, he does so inefficiently. He is a poor finisher in the paint and poor outside of the paint. He does set very good screens though, and he is an above average passer for a center … so he’s not totally without offensive value!

Jason Collins is also a superb locker room presence, a pro’s pro, and has excellent NBA experience — 2 Finals appearances, 75 playoff games under his belt.

I like Jason Collins in that third string center role. He can help the Hawks in that minor role.

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