Collins, selected No. 60 overall, missed summer league after undergoing minor knee surgery in June and has been somewhat of an afterthought ever since. Now the question remains whether the Suns will have a roster spot for him this season.
With 13 guaranteed contracts after the signing of Janning, the Suns have hit the roster minimum that they typically try to stay at. However, there would be no harm in signing Collins to a minimum contract being that the Suns are well below the luxury tax line for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
Collins is known for having massive hands and explosive athleticism and it figures to be worth signing him to give him a chance to develop into a useful NBA player.
“They think me and Gani can be good players,” Collins said after a Suns summer league game in Vegas, where he was a spectator on the Suns’ bench. “They’re just going to work with us. They consider me like a real athletic power forward. They really haven’t told me much, they just think I could be a really good power forward and contribute to the team.”
Collins is certainly somewhat of a character. He got a “Mr. Irrelevant” tattoo on his last hand after being the last pick in the draft, and he’s been known to sport Mickey Mouse shoes as he did when I caught up with him in Vegas.
“I was the last pick in the draft for the NBA, that’s something I’m not going to be sad about,” Collins said. “There’s only 60 players, and I feel like I fell in a great spot. My tattoo is a reminder, so is my number. I’m No. 60, and my tattoo ‘Mr. Irrelevant,’ and I’m always going to remember that every time I step on the court.”
Collins defines a high-upside player. He doesn’t figure to make any kind of a difference for the 2010-11 Suns, but his physical tools and drive are reason enough for the Suns to take a chance on him by signing him to a guaranteed contract.