The last pick in the NBA Draft rarely holds value these days and is often deemed “Mr. Irrelevant,” but the Phoenix Suns’ Dwayne Collins has the potential to dismiss that notion. Standing at 6-foot-8 with a massive 7-foot-4 wingspan, the 60th pick in the 2010 Draft could play NBA minutes based on pure stature alone.
But what does he bring to the table other than just impressive measurables and massive hands? The general consensus is rebounding, tough defense and some aggressive offensive post moves, but here’s exactly what a few other sources had to say about what the Suns got in Collins:
ESPN’s Chad Ford: “Collins is one of the best athletes in the draft. His production at Miami was underwhelming but he’s tough and he attacks the rim.”
CBSSports.com: (No. 55 overall prospect): “Collins has the athleticism and strong frame to do the dirty work around the basket. His offense comes from his ability to power his way to the rim, but he showed last season that he also has the hands to catch in the post and convert. He is an outstanding offensive rebounder, doing a nice job on put-backs.”
Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Eisenberg: “Basketball’s version of Mr. Irrelevant? Meet Dwayne Collins, a 6-foot-8 forward from Miami. Jay Bilas likes him as a person, which is code for not liking him as a player.”
NBA.com: “Strong and physical with a great basketball frame.”
AOL Fanhouse’s Tom Ziller: “Phoenix also took Dwayne Collins out of Miami with the last pick in the second round. He has the same chance of making the Suns as Taylor Griffin did last year. Which is to say no chance at all.”
NBADraft.net’s Seth Sommerfeld: “Mr. Irrelevant is Dwayne Collins. He’s good at grabbing boards in the paint and playing with his back to the basket. Collins is a sleeper due to his huge wingspan and explosiveness. Plus, people know who he is.”
Overall grade: B. Collins isn’t anything special on the basketball court, but he’s exactly what you would want with a 60th pick: He can provide minutes now and has the frame and potential to develop into something far from irrelevant. He is a great fit for the Suns, especially considering their needs, and his high motor and length should bring a physical presence that has been missing seemingly forever. There were still a few names that could have been had at 60 — Samardo Samuels and Manny Harris come to mind — but Collins makes sense for Phoenix and has a ton of room to grow.