Along with the rookies and young players looking to make it in the NBA, Danny also brought in Jason Collins, who is an 11 year veteran of the league. Collins has established himself as a defensive player. Collins has never been much of an offensive player, but moves well on both ends of the court. Collins' best attributes are his size and his ability to provide 6 fouls. His is a consistent interior defensive player against opposing centers and has been known to play big centers such as Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum very well. Against these centers who play back to the basket, he uses his wide body and low base to keep from being backed down in the post. He isn't much of a rebounder, which may limit his time on the court.
Collins attended Stanford University along with his twin brother Jarron Both were All-American while in College. Jason finished his college career ranked #1 in school history in field goal percentage at 60.8% and fifth in blocked shots with 89 for his career. Jarron finished his Stanford career in the top ten all time in four career categories: rebounds, blocked shots, field-goal percentage and games played.
Jason was selected by the Houston Rockets with the 18th pick in the 2001 draft. He was traded along with the draft rights to Richard Jefferson and Brandon Armstrong to New Jersey for the draft rights to Eddie Griffin soon after the draft. As a rookie along with Richard Jefferson, Collins played a significant role in the New Jersey Nets' first ever NBA Finals appearance in the 2002 Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers where, unfortunately, the Nets were swept.
In the 2002–03 NBA season Collins became the Nets starting center and helped them get back to the NBA Finals. Before the 2004–05 season, he signed a 5 year, $25 million contract extension with New Jersey. In February of 2008, he was sent from the Nets to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Stromile Swift. On draft day in 2008, Collins was acquired by the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with Kevin Love, Brian Cardinal and Mike Millerin exchange for O.J. Mayo, Greg Buckner, Marko Jaric and Antoine Walker. He signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Hawks before the 2009 season.
For his career, Jason averaged 3.8 points and 3.9 rebounds in just over 21 minutes per game. Last season, with the Hawks, he played in 30 games, starting 10 of them, and averaged 1.3 points and 1.6 rebounds in just over 10 minutes per game. He has extensive playoff experience, having appeared in 90 contests, 75 of them with New Jersey, with 67 starts. He averaged 3.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in playoff action. In last year's playoffs, he started 4 games against the Celtics, he averaged 2.4 points and 2.4 rebounds in 17 minutes per game.
On the Celtics roster this season, he'll give the Celtics some much-needed depth at center. He's the Celtics only true center but playing behind Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox, and Jared Sullinger, he probably won't be seeing a lot of playing time. His biggest role may be to defend Andrew Bynum when the Celtics play Philly. It's always nice to have a 7 foot true center in reserve just in case.