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Darren Collison gives the Mavs a much different point guard than Jason Kidd. Collison is more adept at weaving his way into the lane and finding open teammates. His quickness and ability to penetrate are definite strengths to his game.
However, it is easy to wonder who the true Darren Collison is. This is worth speculating because of what he did as a rookie in 2009-10 with New Orleans. While Chris Paul, then a Hornet, was injured, Collison filled in remarkably well. In fact, he put up CP3-like numbers (21.6 points per game and 8.3 assists per game in January, 16.9 PPG and 9.1 APG in March).
After these eye-opening months as a rookie, Collison seemed on the fast track towards being an NBA All-Star.
But his game didn't surge to new levels for two seasons in Indiana (13.2 PPG and 5.1 APG in 2010-11, 10.3 PPG and 4.8 APG in 2011-12). Frankly, he didn't even come close to averaging what he did in those successful months in New Orleans.
Therefore, who is the true Darren Collison? Did Indiana not use him in the right manner? Or, were his lofty numbers as a rookie a fluke?
At any rate, Collison is the new floor general for the Mavs and he's certainly a wise addition. Even if he's more reminiscent of the Indiana-version of Collison, he's still a serviceable point guard who figures to get loads of minutes in the Dallas backcourt.
However, Mavs fans should hope for much, much more than "serviceable" from Collison. His potential as a playmaker is unquestionably there, and perhaps he will have a breakout season in 2012-13.