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It is relatively hard to gauge how effective Darren Collison was in his first season with the Mavericks.
On one hand, he wasn't all that bad. After all, Collison was the Mavs best player in several games this year, and his quickness and scoring ability were on full display.
As a whole, he put up numbers eerily similar to what you would expect based on his career averages in the NBA. His scoring (12.0) was right there with his career average (12.1). His rebound average was exactly the same at 2.3, and his assist numbers were within .1 as well (5.1 to 5.2).
Still, the Mavericks were likely hoping Collison wouldn't remain stagnant this year, but instead take the next step.
All the pieces were there for him. He had talent around him, the starting role was his for the taking, and he had a new environment to start fresh.
However, Collison was unable to really play with any consistency. If he does come back to Dallas, expectations will be raised next season and Collison must improve if he wants to see consistent playing time.