The Phoenix Suns added some much-needed depth down low this afternoon when they claimed veteran center Jarron Collins off waivers.
The 6-foot-11, 249-pound center played four years at Stanford University next to his twin brother Jason before being drafted in the second round of the 2001 draft by the Utah Jazz. (Insert Phoenix Suns/Stanford twin center joke here.)
Collins went on to play eight seasons under Jerry Sloan before hitting the free agent market this summer. During his eight-year NBA career Collins has averaged 4.3 points and 3.1 rebounds in 16.9 minutes per game. The Suns are expected to offer Collins a non-guaranteed contract by tomorrow.
This move isn’t much of a shocker as it was clear that the Suns were interested in the former Stanford Cardinal when he was cut by the Portland Trail Blazers last week. Nothing to get too excited about with this news, besides the fact that the Suns need a big man, and Collins is exactly that.
He lacks offensive skill and quickness, but the Suns already have plenty of that. What you see is what you get with Collins. He’s going to use his big body to rebound and defend—exactly what the Suns need.
Collins will certainly not arrive in Phoenix and solve all of the Suns’ rebounding woes, but he is a big, active body. The 30-year-old veteran should come in and play a couple of minutes here and there with Robin Lopez on the shelf, but when Ro-Lo returns I doubt he will remain a Sun.
It is nice to see the Suns are making an effort to improve their interior defense and rebounding, but Collins shouldn’t make too big of an impact.
If the fact that they both played center alongside their twin brother at Stanford isn’t enough, take a look at how similar their collegiate numbers are:
Collins: 8.4 points and 5.5 rebounds
Lopez: 8.9 points and 5.6 rebounds
If Collins’ production is as close to Lopez’s in a Suns uniform as it was at Stanford, the Suns should certainly be more than pleased with their newly acquired big man.