Apr 18, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collins (34) dunks the ball against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Philips Arena. The Hawks won 116-84. Mandatory Credit: Paul Abell-US PRESSWIRE
After two seasons with the Hawks, I thought Collins' stint in a Hawks uniform would end last summer, but the Hawks gave him another "shot" by signing him to another one year minimum contract. Not many people approved (or cared) for the signing, as many thought that he was really only a one rare role (Dwight Howard stopper) player.
Collins reportedly came into camp in better shape than ever, so that gave some fans some hope. As we all witnessed, his better condition still didn't help him much on the floor. He was still a player that did more wrong than right, more bad than good, more negative than positive. Collins was not a "fan favorite", as most grumbled whenever they saw him take the floor.
Positives: He didn't do anything particularly well on the court, but you can always count on him to do the "dirty" work (like this one). He also joined Twitter and was fairly entertaining to follow as he gave us tweets like this one.
Negatives: He played too much in too many games. He hurt the team when it came to guarding the pick-and-roll or the pick-and-pop. He was also the only player I would rather see less than Smith in the free throw line.
Best Moment/Game: His best game came late in the regular season vs. the Boston Celtics on April 20th. He played a season high 25 minutes that game and scored a season high of 8 points, grabbed a season high of 7 rebounds, dished out a season high of 4 assists, and helped the Hawks to a 5 point victory. Another personal favorite moment of mine came in the playoffs when Collins grabbed a rebound and refused to pass the ball to Josh Smith, who wanted to bring the ball up the court.
Final Grade: D
Youtube Video: The Official J-Collins Mixtape
Exit Question: Percentage wise, how likely are the Hawks to re-sign Collins to another contract?
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