April 7, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Dallas Mavericks point guard Darren Collison (4) dribbles around Portland Trail Blazers point guard Eric Maynor (6) 5in the first half at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

2013-14 Player Profile: Darren Collison

2012-13 Season Stats: 81 games, 12.0 points, 5.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 47 FG%, 35 3P%, 88 FT%, 16.3 PER, .575 TS%, .504 eFG%

Perhaps one of the best offseason acquisitions for the Los Angeles Clippers, Darren Collison is the perfect and ideal backup to Chris Paul who is the best point guard in the NBA. What exactly does Collison do that makes him such a good pickup? Well, he’s a clutch performer as well as an explosive scorer. He’s one of those players who will work hard and give you all he’s got. He’s a lot like Eric Bledsoe in that way, but doesn’t have as much potential.

Fortunately for the Clippers, Collison is a good pickup and was one of the best available point guards in free agency. He’s good enough to start, but also good enough for a reserve position. He provides exactly what they need: Someone to give Paul a rest and someone to hold the offense together.

What He Brings:

Bolstering depth. That was the main goal of the Clippers’ front office. They wanted to bring in depth, so they brought Collison. He isn’t injury-prone and in 81 games with the Dallas Mavericks in the 2012-13 NBA season he started in 47 games He is able to get the job done on the court as the starting point guard. Paul isn’t an injury-prone player, but it’s nice to have insurance in Collison.

Not only does he provide this toughness as well as insurance, but he is also a great finisher and scorer. He could be the spark off the bench that the Clippers need. When he is out there with the starters, he will be giving them 110% and playing like he is a starter. He should definitely be motivated to win, especially on a team like the Clippers who are going to contend for a title in the 2013-14 NBA season.

How many of you have ever seen an incredible shot like that? That may be one of the most underrated shots of the season. Not only did he have the acumen to be in the right place, but he shot it in midair with the time running out. I’m sure he wasn’t expecting to make the shot before he took it, but he still did, proving that he is clutch. The Clippers could use someone like him.

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