Atlanta Hawks’ Big Man: How Jason Collins Could Be the Key To the Team’s Success

January 6th, 2011 by Bo Churney Leave a reply »
Nope, this is not a joke article. On a team that has Joe Johnson, Al Horford and Josh Smith, Atlanta's success in the postseason this year could rest solely on the shoulders of center Jason Collins.

"Certainly you must be kidding," you may say. "He is only averaging two points and two rebounds a game!" But, having seen over 150 Hawks games over the past two and a half years, I think I have a perspective that most people do not.

Most of you probably remember Orlando's historic beat down of the Hawks in last year's playoffs. With Al Horford playing center, there was just no way Atlanta could effectively match up with the Magic. After Hawk's GM Rick Sund failed to sign Shaquille O'Neal or any other big time center in the offseason, it looked like more of the same would continue.

Enter Jason Collins.

Collins only played 115 minutes in the 09-10 season. He mostly got scrub time or a few minutes when the team was in severe foul trouble. However, when Larry Drew was hired as coach in the offseason, Collins made a commitment to get in better shape and hoped to get more playing time. Thanks to a few injuries, it looks like Jason may have found ...

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