The Boston Celtics got some bad news in the fact that second year man Greg Stiemsma will not be back having landed with the T-Wolves. This left a hole in Boston’s depth chart at center. As much as having Kevin Garnett, Chris Wilcox, and Fab Melo on the roster is nice, injuries are going to happen and Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge knew that he needed a big man on the roster that was not a rookie project to go along with KG and Wilcox. Ainge acted quickly by what looks like securing a deal for free agent center Jason Collins. Collins tweeted that he was happy to be joining Celtics nation earlier today. This was a great move by Boston.
The veteran Collins is the perfect fit for Doc Rivers at the center spot. Ever since Kendrick Perkins went down in the 2010 NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics have struggled to find a guy to take on the role of defensive stopper in the paint with some physical play. The team tried Jermaine O’Neal and that was a wretched experiment as JO did not like sacrificing his offensive game for his defensive game. Unlike O’Neal Collins is more than happy to mix it up in the paint, grab rebounds, block shots, take charges, and play hard. Doing those aspects on the court has allowed Collins to have a ten year NBA career despite never having huge offensive numbers. Doc Rivers should fall in love with this guy from the get go with his skill set and that is probably why his name was mentioned the last few years at the trade deadline with Boston having him in their sights.
The fact is I am not saying this guy is going to be an all star, but he can give Boston solid minutes playing hard and physical. This signing just gives Boston so much. He can rebound and defend. He gives Boston the ability to give a team a different look by being able to go big at times by playing Collins on the floor with KG. He also has ten years experience and will not be rattled in this environment. The bottom line is that Collins is the third center and I challenge a guy to find a better third center that fits his team than this guy. Welcome to Boston Jason Collins. Remember Go Green Or Go Home!!!!