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Darren Collison
PG - 6'0, 175lbs - 36 years old - 11 years of NBA experience
Free agent - In the G-League player pool
  • Birthdate: 08/23/1987
  • Drafted (NBA): 21st pick, 2009
  • Pre-draft team: UCLA
  • Country: USA
  • Hand: Right
  • Agent: -
2009 NBA DraftNBADrafted 21st overall by New Orleans.
7th July, 2009NBASigned four year, $6,402,464 rookie scale contract with New Orleans. Included team options for 2011/12 and 2012/13.
11th August, 2010NBAAs a part of a four team deal, traded by New Orleans, along with James Posey, to Indiana in exchange for Trevor Ariza from Houston.
18th October, 2010NBAIndiana exercised 2011/12 team option.
24th June, 2011NBAIndiana exercised 2012/13 team option.
12th July, 2012NBATraded by Indiana, along with Dahntay Jones, to Dallas in exchange for a signed-and-traded Ian Mahinmi.
10th July, 2013NBASigned a two year, $3,885,500 contract with L.A. Clippers. Included player option for 2014/15.
30th May, 2014NBADeclined 2014/15 player option.
11th July, 2014NBASigned a three year, $15,040,677 contract with Sacramento,
7th July, 2017NBASigned a partially guaranteed two year, $20 million contract with Indiana.
Career Moves
2005 - 2009UCLA (NCAA)
June 2009 - August 2010New Orleans Hornets (NBA)
August 2010 - July 2012Indiana Pacers (NBA)
July 2012 - June 2013Dallas Mavericks (NBA)
July 2013 - June 2014L.A. Clippers (NBA)
July 2014 - June 2017Sacramento Kings (NBA)
July 2017 - presentIndiana Pacers (NBA)
Articles about Darren Collison

June 29, 2017

Darren Collison
PG, 6’0, 175lbs, 29 years old, 8 years of experience

Did well at the “handle it over half-court, get it to Cousins and be ready to cut and spot up in a second” game that was the first two thirds of the year, then also did pretty well after the trade and when given more li-cense (before being shut down at the end of the year, that is). Collison is a talented scorer from outside, from the mid-range, and, should he get there, when finishing at the rim. He is also a capable ball-handler and a controlled player who keeps the turnovers low. But he is less of a regular playmaker out of the pick-and-roll for anybody other than himself, and his defensive metrics for the whole year are very poor. Entering his prime as well as unrestricted free agency, he is more Quality Back-up than Fringe Starter, but should he ever need to start, Collison has shown that he is pretty capable. On one end, anyway.

Player Plan: Also entering unrestricted free agency. Having been a sneaky-cheap free agent point guard twice in his career now, Collison will want to cash in, but he’s just outside of the top five available free agent point guards, and a spot starting/big minute backup pairing with a recently drafted ’point guard of the future’ role such as he will find here or in Dallas might be ideally suited for him, even if he wants more prestige and/or money than that.

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September 23, 2013

Matt Barnes & Darren Collison – Los Angeles Clippers

The two are listed together as they were both acquired via the non-taxpayer mid-level exception. On his first substantial multi-year contract, Barnes will earn $3.25 million next year with one further guaranteed year, while Collison gets the remaining $1.9 million.

Collison comes from Dallas where he was somewhat exposed as an average player. Given the opportunity to lead a team, especially down the stretch of games, he couldn’t. Collison added some dynamics to the position, as well as capable scoring, defense and drive-and-kick abilities, but he was asked to prove he could be a full time point guard, and all he proved is that he wasn’t. However, that doesn’t matter on the team that has Chris Paul. In L.A, all Collison needs to do is come in and be the perfectly average player that he is. He will be getting paid less to do this than players in comparable situations who have proven less (Eric Maynor, J.J. Barea, C.J. Watson), and could theoretically fill a Jarrett Jack-like role for a third of the price of Jarrett Jack.

Meanwhile, Barnes finally gets some overdue recognition, and will provide production on both ends in a way that the team’s other wings lack. His athleticism, disruptive defense, sufficient shooting and off-the-ball movement are surely perfect compliments to the Clippers roster, and they come at a very competitive price. Rather than using their MLE to sign one quality bench contributor, then, the Clippers used theirs to sign two. And that just doesn’t happen very often.

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March 15, 2012

Indiana is middle of the pack in terms of team points per game, yet they shoot only 43.2 percent as a team, 5th worst in the league. This is due to a lack of creative ability in the half-court offense. In spite of the promising start to his career, Darren Collison has rather tapered off since his trade to Indiana, a very solid player who just doesn’t have the talent level to take a team far as a lead guard. (The new Jarrett Jack, if you will.) George Hill similarly thrives in a bench contributor/spot starter role, but he too doesn’t have the ability to lead an elite half-court offense. And Danny Granger’s shot-creation ability is limited to just taking them. Indiana have a lot going for them, and two good options at every position. Since Collison is struggling to be it, the Pacers could use a calibre half-court point guard.

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July 2, 2010

Darren Collison

Last year at this time about Darren Collison, I wrote this:

Big fan of Collison. He's like Chris Duhon except with a mid range game and the ability to recognise when to shoot. And Chris Duhon with those things added to his game would be a fine player.

Turns out he was even better than that. Duhon's career has been peppered by games in which he plays outrageously well, mired amongst weeks of mediocrity. Those are called, by me at least, "Duhon Games." Collison's rookie season was made up solely of Duhon games. It was a beautiful thing.

But don't be mistaken. Collison's awesome rookie season does not make Chris Paul available for trade. The only way Chris Paul gets traded is if Chris Paul demands it. And if the Hornets succumb to that pressure before they do everything possible to better the team - which includes, but is not limited to, getting value for that Peja Stojakovic expiring - then they should be ashamed. Darren Collison is good, but Chris Paul is an all-time calibre point guard. You don't trade all-time calibre point guards just to move Emeka Okafor.

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