Suns claim center Jarron Collins

Posted by on October 26th, 5:51 pm

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Jarron Collins

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.

Lopez/Collins comparison

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.

Mike Schmitz

Mike Schmitz is a former ValleyoftheSuns writer who now works as an assistant video coordinator for the D-League\\’s Bakersfield Jam. He specialized in video breakdowns for VotS.

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3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Pedro // Oct 26, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Oh yeah he is really going to help us!! Yeah right just another stupid useless talented brother that this stupid management group got instead of a better player than this chump and decent player Melvin Ely. They could have signed him and dump that piece of mierda talyor “needs rogaine” Griffin.

  • 2 Pedro // Oct 26, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    sorry I meant to say talentless piece of crud.

  • 3 Bonnitta // Nov 5, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    He'snot so stupid. A Standford graduate, an extremely intelligent man, but how would you know that….

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