Sep 30, 2013; Playa Vista, CA, USA; UCLA alumni Los Angeles Clippers center Ryan Hollins (15), guard Darren Collison and small forward Matt Barnes (22) pose for a photo during media day at the Los Angeles Clippers Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

2013-14 Player Profile: Darren Collison


Everyone is talking about big free agency acquisitions like Josh Smith and Andre Iguodala. It’s no secret Chris Paul was the best free agent on the market, but the Los Angeles Clippers were going to re-sign him to a big deal with certainty.

One player, Darren Collison, could be a steal for the Clippers as he may average of 12 points and five assists per game. Those are good enough numbers for the Clippers who were in dire need of a backup point guard.

Was trading Eric Bledsoe a mistake?

Perhaps, but what they may be missing in Bledsoe, they’re definitely compensating in with Collison. In the past two preseason games for the Clippers, Collison has come off the bench and scored 31 points and 27 points. In the game against the Denver Nuggets, he and Paul combined for 67 points (Paul scored 40).

Those are some pretty impressive numbers though it’s only the preseason. Who knows how stronger their chemistry will grow as the 2013-14 season moves on. Not only has displayed an ability to perform ‘in the clutch’, but his unique ability to attack the basket as a scoring point guard could mesh well with Paul’s overall generosity and the rest of the club.

He definitely won’t be a starter, but he’s going to give Jamal Crawford a run for his money in the Sixth Man competition. Crawford is also a scorer, but a very streaky shooter. Collison, on the other hand, is a hard worker and can play in crunch time. The one taking the deep 3-pointer to tie the game may just be that man.

Picture it this way: Paul is on the fastbreak, but as a scoring option, he must be given his space. With this space, he dishes the ball to Collison, who can hit the 3-ball or make a driving layup. Other scenario: Paul takes the ball for himself and scores the basket.

Collison will fit in well with the rotation because of this unique combination. If he and Paul can both play decent minutes and score over 25 points each, the Clippers are looking forward to a very strong backcourt.

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