NBA Roundtable

Suns Claim Collins Off Waivers

In Free Agency on October 26, 2009 at 11:53 pm

RealGM reports

The Phoenix Suns today announced that the club has been awarded the rights to center Jarron Collins. Collins, who spent the preseason with the Portland Trail Blazers, became available after being waived October 22, 2009.

he 6-11, 249-pound Collins is an eight-year NBA veteran who has spent every career regular season with the Utah Jazz. The 30-year-old owns career averages of 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.9 minutes in 480 games (206 starts).

Collins, who has averaged 8.8 rebounds per 48 minutes over the course of his NBA career, is a durable post player who has appeared in 70 or more games in five of his eight NBA seasons.

I’m not sure why the Suns bothered to sign Collins. They have four healthy big men who will all play ahead of him, and a fifth who’s currently injured.

On top of that, Collins doesn’t suit their style of play. He’s not athletic, he’s an offensive liability, he’s a below par defender and he’s a very poor rebounder.

Suns Big Men

  • Amare Stoudemire
  • Channing Frye
  • Louis Amundson
  • Earl Clark
  • Robin Lopez

They also have Jared Dudley and Grant Hill who are capable of playing the four spot in some small ball lineups if needed.


I don’t see any need for Collins. The Suns have better options available to them on their own roster already.

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