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Roster focus: Jason Collins

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  September 14, 2012 07:44 AM

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We're profiling every Celtics player before training camp starts. Today it's Jason Collins.

Jason Collins
Reserve center
7-feet, 255 pounds, 33 years old
2012/13 salary: $1.3 million

collinspreview.jpgStrengths: Collins is a big body with NBA experience. He averaged double-digit minutes in a reserve role for the Atlanta Hawks the past two seasons. He'll give the Celtics much-needed depth at center -- he's the only true center on the roster -- and extra fouls.

Room to improve:
We're not talking about upside here. Collins is a limited player who won't help much on offense. The Celtics don't want him scoring unless it's on a put-back.

Projections for 2012/13:
45 games, 1.2 points, 1.7 rebounds, 9.1 minutes

Outlook: Behind Kevin Garnett, Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox, and Jared Sullinger on the depth chart, Collins won't play much unless the Celtics have injuries or foul trouble. An injury to Garnett could thrust him into a more serious reserve role, which isn't ideal for anybody. A spot on the roster at the end of the season is not a guarantee.

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