His signing didn’t generate much buzz and doesn’t get much press, but mark my words: Jason Collins is, to borrow from our one-time Celtic Shaq, the Big Acquisition. No, he won’t start. No, he won’t cause a ripple in the box score. Not, he won’t do much else aside from come into games and lean on people. But Collins represents something the Celtics lacked last season, and that’s size in the paint. The loss of Greg Stiemsma to free agency completely wiped out any semblance of size, and Danny Ainge was clearly ready to address that deficiency ASAP.
Let’s get something straight here – Collins is not a stiff. I repeat, he is – not – a – stiff.
Collins is big and strong. And while he’s certainly limited in a lot of ways, putting a body on someone isn’t on that list. And that’s exactly what the Celtics need out of Collins. Bang, push, shove, grind. Repeat. Give Kevin Garnett some valuable time on the bench. Provide the Celtics with a match-up option against centers like Andrew Bynum.
So, don’t sleep on Jason Collins. He’s not the sexiest player to join the Celtics this season – that honor probably goes to Jason Terry – but he’s the one guy who can come in and make a huge difference in an area of the C’s game that needs it the most.