Brooklyn Nets Should Pass on Jason Collins
The Brooklyn Nets are not one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA this season. They are one of the worst averaging only 39 rebounds per game which would put them at 29th in the entire league ahead of only the Miami Heat. The Heat have been one of the worst rebounding teams in the league over the past few years but have won two straight NBA championships so maybe rebounding isn’t all that important. On the other hand, the Heat have been one of the highest scoring teams in the league over the past few years and as a team, they shoot at a very high percentage. This season, as a team, the Heat are shooting 51 percent from the field and 36.8 percent from three-point range.
As for the Nets, they are not one of the highest scoring teams in the NBA. The Nets rank 21st in the NBA averaging 97.4 points per game, which isn’t going to get it done if they can’t rebound on a consistent basis.
On Feb. 20, Mike Mazzeo of ESPNNewYork.com reported that the Nets had worked out center Jason Collins and were close to signing him to a 10-day contract. Over the summer, Collins came out to reporters and told them that he was gay. Since then, Collins has been a free agent and hasn’t played yet this season.
Over his career, Collins averages 3.64 points per game and only 3.77 rebounds per game which wouldn’t really help the Nets right now. If head coach Jason Kidd could not find consistent minutes for a rebounding machine like Reggie Evans, Collins is probably less likely to find playing time and more likely to be gone after those 10 days.
This sounds more like a public relations stunt by the Nets to be the first professional sports team to have an openly gay athlete on their team than a team that actually believes that Collins can help them win more basketball games.
The Nets need a player that can come in off the bench and give them energy by rebounding and finishing at the rim. At age 35, Collins is not that guy.