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Darren Collison has been playing great..But what will be his role next season?

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Darren Collison has been playing great..But what will be his role next season?

Collison has become 1 of the top rookies in the league...During Allstar Chris Paul's absence, he has helped the Hornets remain in the playoff hunt..Averaging 20 points,8 assists and 2 steals ..No one expected Collison to be this good this fast..The Hornets were ridiculed for drafting a point guard..When they already had 1 of the 3 best point guards in the NBA..But now Collison is emerging as a possible future allstar in this league..So what should New Orleans do with him next season? Should they try to trade him for an allstar caliber shooting guard or small forward..Or keep him as Paul's replacement in case CP3 opts out in 2012?


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Trade him for a solid player

Trade him for a solid player that will make CP3 want to stay.

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Maybe Hornets should wit nd see how Paul is when

he comes back?

This is from ESPN's Bill Simmons (by the way he is dead on in the Clippers saying Griffin would be back in January - guess what he is out for the year). Also the Celtics tried to down play the seriousness of Garnet's knee injury last season.

Bill Simmons
7. Chris Paul
My least favorite trend of the No Benjamins Association era: teams twisting the truth about potentially serious injuries so they don't hurt ticket sales, or because they know the media won't challenge their stories and call them out afterward. After seeing Boston string Celtics fans along with KG's bum knee and the Clippers legitimately lie about Blake Griffin's knee injury, when I heard the Hornets claim CP3 would miss only "four to six weeks" after "minor" knee surgery, my BS Detector started beeping. Especially since we learned that doctors removed Paul's torn meniscus ligament rather than repairing it.

Intrigued, I asked Will Carroll (the injury expert for Baseball Prospectus and Basketball Prospectus) for his thoughts. Will pointed me toward a piece he wrote about meniscus removal a few years ago. The key section: "One reason teams are so quick to allow this surgery is that the players come back so quickly, usually in a matter of weeks. But … surgeons don't repair the meniscus in most cases; they just take it out, either in part or in whole depending on the size of the tearing. That leaves the athlete with no shock. Eventually, with the remaining meniscus overstressed and aging, they end up with the bones grinding together. Yes, that's as bad as it sounds in a game of running and jumping."

(Hold on, we have to wait for the Hornets fans to clear out that puke from their mouths

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yeah right... if they trade

yeah right... if they trade him and cp3 does leave... theyll have no fallback... the hornets are effed regarless... theyre way over the cap and david west is gonna expire and they cant afford to keep him... i doubt paul will want to stay

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as for the hornets contract

as for the hornets contract situation, peja and petersen only have like one or two years left on their horrible deals and posey has 3 years left. By the time west becomes a free agent in 2 years, the hornets will have money to work with. I'm not too concerned with them being able to add talent around paul in the near future.

as for collison, i think you have to wait and see how paul looks not just the rest of this season, but going into next season as well. But if paul is back at full strength, i think they have to be looking to move collison. Collison is flat out playing like an all-star caliber player right now leading that team. And i don't like them on the court together at all, they are too similar in that they are undersized, need the ball in their hands and neither of them are good spot shooters playing off the ball. One of them will have to go IF collison can keep this up and paul is at full strength.

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I say you keep him, always

I say you keep him, always good to have a fallback. Plus he can be a 6th man type of PG like Bobby Jackson was. I doubt Collison will be griping about not starting for a few years.

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Collison

Like many of you I agree that Collison has been playing far beyond expectations. He's been keeping up a team that really doesn't have a lot of talent. I wonder if he's going to be able to do the equivalent of what he is doing next year when he will be coming off the bench. Personally I don't think so. There are plenty of guys that have came through the league and their best year has been their first year. It's rare, but it does happen. Look at Channing Frye. To a lot of people he was looking better than David Lee. We're just now seeing Frye again in his new role as 3 point bomber, but I think a lot more was expected out of him after year 1. When you look at the Rookie Sophomore game you notice that a lot of guys that make it in year 1 don't make it back on the sophomore side the following year. I think we are going to see Collison become an excellent backup point guard, but New Orleans should trade him because once Paul is able to play Collison's value can only go down because there won't be as many minutes and teams will like the idea of getting a talented guy on such a cheap contract.

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These are Darren Collision's

These are Darren Collision's stats for the month of February.

20.8 pts
8.9 ast
4.4 reb
2.0 stl
49% field goalds

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The guy has been playing great but

he turns the ball over too much. I look at the stat box and he always has almost a triple double with points, assist, and turnovers.

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Thank you blazerfan7,

Thank you blazerfan7, everyone needs to realize that he's also turning the ball over at a high rate. He's a good PG, but I still maintain that he's a backup PG, at least until he gets more experience. Hold your horses on him right now..

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I think they should trade

I think they should trade him during the coming draft and get a solid player and a 1st round draft pick. There will be a lot of young or vet points that can be had for bargains but many team would want a young talented point like Collison. Point guards tend to get better as they go until their athleticism starts slipping. Also Frye did not play so that is why Lee has had better stats and also Lee had more potential early on than Frye but Frye came to the league and was a better fit early on for the Knicks. I know they.would love to have him now. Frye can actually block shots/

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exactly why do they need to

exactly why do they need to trade him?..they have him undercontract for the next 3 years so hes not going anywhere and he can be used like bobby jackson was
hey dhamp is melo about to make that push to lead the nba in scoring in the next 20 games?

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Backcourt

If you have a 6th man it is probably best that he doesn't play the same position as your best player or he can play two positions so you can maximize his playing time. A backcourt of him and Paul is just way too small. I don't think trading a guy like collison would even be brought up if that team had better players.

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I hope so. He's been

I hope so. He's been hammpered with injuries. No execuse, he still has a chance...Don't forget about Willie Warren not being a lottery pick, lol.

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