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Could John Collins be the Celtics center long term?



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Adding Collins to the roster would provide the necessary spacing to allow the Celtics athletic wings room to drive into the teeth of opposing defenses.

Imagine the Celtics running dribble hand-offs with Collins as the big, the shooter’s gravity he possesses coupled with that of Kemba Walker and Jayson Tatum would give defenses nightmares, as would the pick-and-pop and pick-and-roll.

The Celtics have become far less focused on pace this season, sitting at 17th in the league according to NBA Stats, while the Hawks are sitting at 6th. Collins is used to playing at pace, with the ball propelled at tempo on the break; adding him to the Celtics lineup could result in them pushing the speed more, which allows for easier buckets in transition. With Collins due to earn a salary of $4,137,302 next season, he is well within reach for the Celtics to put together an enticing trade package.

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