(born August 4, 1984) is an American
player. He completed his college basketball
career at Temple University
, and was drafted by the New York Knicks
with the 29th pick of the first round of the 2006 NBA Draft
Collins attended Simon Gratz High School
in Philadelphia, as did NBA players Aaron McKie
and Rasheed Wallace
Scouts were impressed by Collins' defense and team play. He totaled 89 steals for his 2005–06 season at Temple University
, primarily by stepping into passing lanes. He also averaged 16.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game.
New York Knicks
In 52 games played during the 2006–2007 season, Collins averaged 4.5 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. However, in the final ten games of the season, when he played a substantially higher number of minutes than previously in the season, he averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.9 steals.
On December 16, 2006, during the fourth quarter of a game between the Knicks and Denver Nuggets
, Collins committed a hard foul
against Nuggets guard J. R. Smith
. The ensuing confrontation resulted in a brawl
, after which ten players were ejected.
He played a career-high 51 minutes on April 7, 2007 against the Milwaukee Bucks
, scoring 19 points in addition to 12... Read More