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Sherron Collins latest in growing trend of D-League assignments

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Sherron Collins is about to find out what cold really is.

The Charlotte Bobcats have decided that their first-round pick out of Kansas — the All-American — needs some more seasoning and minutes so he is off the well-named Maine Red Claws of the D-League, as reported by Scott Schroeder of FanHouse. I love Maine, fantastic state, great lobster pounds. I only go in the summer. For good reason.

The move seems a wise one, to get Collins some burn and let him improve rather than languish on the bench of a team where the coach trusts rookies about as much as guys wearing trench coats at parks.

What is interesting is Collins becomes the 16th guy under NBA contract to be assigned to the D-League this season by Schroeder’s count. Some of it for injury rehab, some young players who need some burn. It is a growing trend as teams seem to be figuring out how to really make having a real minor league work for them.

There’s no pressure on D.J. Augustin…except for running his team’s offense

Stephen Jackson, D.J. Augustin, Gerald Wallace
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Pardon me for being redundant, but the Charlotte Bobcats are going to have a very uncomfortable season if D.J. Augustin remains their starting point guard. It’s not that the Bobcats’ roster has any superior alternatives, but this team is hurting badly for a true replacement for Raymond Felton, and Augustin isn’t the man.

Only for now, he has to be. Shaun Livingston is injured, Sherron Collins is Sherron Collins, and handing over control of the offense to Stephen Jackson on a full-time basis is a recipe for failure. Augustin is Charlotte’s great hope at point guard, and at best, he’s a sweet shooter, a decent playmaker, and a defensive sieve. More realistically, he’s still a bad defender while shooting well from outside (where Augustin has shot 42% for his career) and displaying questionable decision-making. Raymond Felton wasn’t some idyllic point guard, but his defense and steady play helped turn the Bobcats into a legitimate playoff team, and Augustin’s promotion rocks the boat. Charlotte still seems due for a repeat playoff appearance, but with such uncertainty at the point, nothing seems safe.

The Bobcats, for their part, are predictably singing Augustin’s praises, and Augustin, for his, is playing confident. From Tim Povtak of NBA FanHouse:

With his safety net gone, Augustin has become the quiet key to the upstart Charlotte Bobcats, prepared to show now he belongs in the NBA, and they belong back in the playoffs. “Nacho Libre (Augustin), he’s the head to this monster,” [Stephen] Jackson said. “And as he goes, we’ll go this season. We need him to succeed. We need him to run things the proper way. And I think will. He’s going to surprise all those people who already counted him out.”

…The Bobcats reached the playoffs for the first time in franchise history last season, winning 44 games, but the prospects of improving, or even repeating, clearly rests with Augustin. “There’s no pressure, it’s just basketball,” Augustin said. “I can’t tell you about the future, but I hope to make us better. I’ve got to be ready.”

First and foremost: it cannot be ignored that D.J. Augustin’s nickname is apparently “Nacho Libre.” Alrighty then.

Augustin doesn’t see running the Bobcats as a high-pressure situation (or if he does, is smart enough not to express that concern publicly), and this is a good thing. No one wants to see Augustin caught like a deer in the headlights of Larry Brown’s 18-wheeler, and he needs to believe he can do the job even if those of us on the outside suppose that he can’t. There’s nothing wrong with what Augustin said, with the exception that it’s wrong. There is pressure. The Bobcats aren’t a team shooting for the title, they’re aiming for the back end of the playoffs and the sweet, sweet revenue they provide. There is pressure to perform. There is pressure to appease LB. There is pressure to keep Stephen Jackson, Gerald Wallace, and all of Augustin’s Bobcats teammates happy while still running the show efficiently.

Pretending otherwise is foolish, and yet that’s exactly what we demand Augustin do as a part of the media game.

Charlotte picks up undrafted free agent Sherron Collins

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sherron_collins.jpgThe Charlotte Bobcats are about to find out just how rough life after Raymond Felton can be. With D.J. Augustin and Shaun Livingston as the primary point guards on the roster, Charlotte has added Sherron Collins as the team’s third PG, giving the Bobcats a trio of young guards to pair with Stephen Jackson.

Between Augustin, Livingston, and Collins, the Charlotte point guards will have a combined seven seasons of NBA experience. Livingston is the battle-worn sage of the three, and he’s just 24 years old. The often hilarious Bobcats offense has the potential to get even zanier.

Collins isn’t a surefire NBA talent, primarily because his most marketable NCAA skill — scoring — isn’t enough of a strength to guarantee NBA success. Collins wasn’t all that efficient at Kansas, and his shot selection is certainly questionable. This, ladies and gents, is Collins’ supposed strength. His playmaking abilities are secondary to his scoring, but the Bobcats are banking on Sherron’s ability to put up points and defend, and the former is certainly in doubt, to say nothing of the latter (he is sub-six-feet, after all).

Yes, he lit it up in a game at the Orlando Summer League. Collins can do that. He will have good games. The concern is what he’ll do to your team during those other games, where he’s shooting blanks from the perimeter and still insists on being a focal point of the offense. If Collins can adjust to being strictly a catch-and-shoot threat on most nights, he could easily be a quality pro. However, an insistence on being the “offensive force” Collins seemed to think he was at Kansas will doom his NBA career from the start.
It’s definitely worth noting that according to the Associated Press, Collins signed with the Bobcats for two seasons, both of which are unguaranteed. If he lasts through January, his salary for that season will be fully guaranteed for the league minimum. If not, Charlotte is off the hook for his remaining salary.

I think it’s likely that Collins will stick with the Bobcats for the full two seasons, if only because he’s very much in the Larry Brown mold. Somewhere along the line, playing “the right way” changed into “giving perimeter players license to take whatever shots they want.” Collins should dig that. Plus, assuming Collins can overcome his short stature to remain a quality defender, it’s not hard to imagine him being an LB favorite.