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Jason Collins in 2012-13 with the Wizards: In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

Updated: May 8, 2013

[Wizards 2012-13 Player Reviews from the TAI crew are going down; let’s reflect—index:
Jannero PargoJason CollinsShaun LivingstonShelvin MackCartier MartinEarl Barron,
Jan VeselyChris SingletonTrevor BookerGarrett TempleEmeka OkaforTrevor Ariza,
Martell WebsterA.J. PriceJordan CrawfordKevin SeraphinBradley BealNeneJohn Wall.]

Jason Collins

7-0 : Height
255 lbs. : Weight
34 : Age
12 : Years NBA Experience
6 : NBA Teams

Acquired by the Wizards on Feb. 21, 2013 from the Boston Celtics
along with Leandro Barbosa in exchange for Jordan Crawford.

Time as a Wizard

6 : Games
2 : Starts
54 : Minutes

0.63 out of 3 stars

Average Truth About It.net DC Council Game Rating
{Collins evaluated over 4 games} 

2.9 PER

NBA historical PER contribution equivalent:
maybe Eddy Curry for the 2008-09 Knicks (2.8),
maybe Pervis Ellison for the 2000-01 Sonics (2.4)

.016 Win Shares/48 Minutes

NBA historical WS/48 contribution equivalent:
Jason Collins for the 2006-07 New Jersey Nets (.015)

With Jason Collins on the Court…

The Wizards offense scored 4.4 points less per 100 possessions (OffRtg)
The Wizards defense allowed 14.3 points less per 100 possessions (DefRtg)
Plus/Minus per 48 minutes: plus-13.3

Numbers : Per 36 Minutes

2.7 : Points
5.3 : Rebounds
2.7 : Blocks
1.3 : Steals
1.3 : Assists
1.3 : Turnovers
7.3 : Fouls

0.44 PPP

Collins had 9 offensive possessions with the Wizards that ended with a FGA, TO or FTs, and he scored 0.44 Points Per Possession (PPP) on those (via Synergy Sports Technology). Defensively, he allowed 0.79 PPP over 14 possessions.


16.7% Field Goals (1-6)
100% Free Throws (2-2)

[stats via NBA.com/stats and Basketball-Reference.com; original image above via Sports Illustrated]


Jason Collins in 2012-13 with the Wizards:
In Like A Lamb, Out Like A Lion

by Rashad Mobley (@Rashad20)

Jason Collins’ arrival to the Washington Wizards franchise was as quiet and unassuming as he is. After he and Leandro Barbosa were traded to the Wizards from the Boston Celtics for Jordan “Steez” Crawford, there was a general feeling of malaise—not necessarily toward the newly acquired players, but more so toward Ernie Grunfeld and yet another one of his perplexing moves. Crawford was a malcontent who had seemingly given up on the team, but before John Wall’s return from injury and Beal’s emergence, he was the go-to scorer.

Barbosa arrived already out for the season with a torn ACL, and Collins was averaging 10 minutes, 1.2 points and 1.6 points for a Celtics team that, while lacking physical interior defenders besides Kevin Garnett, was more desperate for scoring and ball handling with Rajon Rondo shelved due to injury. How could the arrival of Collins, 34, possibly help the rebuilding Wizards?

Collins didn’t exactly assuage the fears and concerns of Wizards’ fans once he finally put on a Wizards uniform on March 12 against the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he did show a willingness to do the dirty work, as was mentioned in the postgame DC Council:

For the first time since the Wizards acquired him from Boston, Jason Collins checked into the game  (during the second quarter) for some meaningful minutes. His first order of business was to communicate with Emeka Okafor about who was guarding whom, while Alonzo Gee shot his two free throws. Next, he blocked Dion Waiters’ shot as he drove to the lane—something Waiters did seemingly at will all night. After Collins blocked the shot, Okafor got the rebound, and John Wall hit a 15-foot jump shot to give the Wizards a 45-43 lead. He played a total of two minutes and 55 seconds, and that blocked shot was the only stat he accrued, but given that Washington’s bench scored just nine points (Cleveland’s bench scored 29 points) Collins’ small feat was one of the few bright spots.

He did start in two consecutive games against the Phoenix Suns and the Los Angeles Lakers with mixed results. Against the Suns, he once again demonstrated his knack for creative stat lines with zero points, four fouls, two blocks, two steals, two assists, and solid interior defense in the closing minutes of an 88-79 Wizards victory. Two nights later against the Lakers, Collins—who was once known as being the Kryptonite to Dwight Howard’s Superman act*—was whistled for four fouls in just 13:18 of play and was mainly a spectator as John Wall and Trevor Ariza led the Wizards to a win.

[*Collins’ Atlanta Hawks were swept by Howard’s Orlando Magic in the 2010 playoffs, but beat Orlando 4-2 in the first round of the 2011 playoffs. Collins’ totals in that winning series: 103 minutes, 22 fouls, 8 points, and 11 rebounds.]

Collins played in just three more games after that start against the Lakers, and his final shot in a Wizards uniform went a little something like this:


When Collins left the Verizon Center after his exit interview—after recording more fouls than points for the 10th season in 11 years—there was no reason to suspect his name would ever be mentioned again in the same sentence as the Washington Wizards. The team had no plans in retaining his services and an unnamed source told the Washington Post’s Michael Lee that Collins would return to the team, “only if it is in desperate need for interior defense.” Then just a week and a half after his exit interview, Collins announced to Sports Illustrated (and Emeka Okafor, among other teammates) that he was gay. Collins proceeded to appear on Good Morning America, the B.S. Report with Grantland’s  Bill Simmons and Oprah’s Next Chapter (where no clips of him in a Wizards uniform were shown throughout the entire interview).

We hardly knew Jason Collins. He arrived with little fanfare, did nothing of note as a member of the Wizards, and then became a media darling (Chris Broussard notwithstanding) once he left the franchise. That’s so Wizards.

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Rashad has been covering the NBA and the Washington Wizards since 2008—his first two years were spent at Hoops Addict before moving to Truth About It. Rashad has appeared on ESPN and college radio, SportsTalk on NewsChannel 8 in Washington D.C., and his articles have appeared on ESPN TrueHoop, USAToday.com, Complex Magazine, and the DCist. He considers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a hero and he had the pleasure of interviewing him back in 2009.