Monday, March 9, 2009
It's hard to complain during an 11 game win streak, but did you see Jarron Collins's line against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday: 0 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 blocks, 1 turnover and three fouls in five minutes of play. Even worse than what Collins did on the court was who he kept off it. Once again Kosta Koufos registered a DNP - Coach's Decision, his ninth DNP in a row. Koufos has the potential to be a major contributor for the Jazz down the road, but that is not the only reason I wish Jerry would play him instead of Collins.
On November 11, 2008, I attended the Jazz victory over the 76ers in Philadelphia. Because Okur was out and Fesenko was resloving a visa issue in Canada, Koufos started and played 20 minutes. He finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, a steal and two blocks. And beyond his stat line, he was active, running the floor on offense and altering shots on defense. I left the game convinced that Koufos was already better than Collins and I still feel that way today. We need a back up center for the playoffs and that center should be Koufos. So let's stop throwing away those five minutes we keep giving to Collins and get Koufos in the game. Koufos's energy and play will help us now and the experience he gains will pay dividends in the future.
Update: We may get to see the return of Kosta sooner than expected. Ross Siler is reporting this morning that Collins may be out tonight with a stomach virus.