Mardy Collins

Mardy Collins profile
Drafted #29 in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Knicks
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
Weight: 224 lbs (102 kg)
Position: PG
High School: Simon Gratz High School (Pennsylvania)
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
College: Temple
Current Team: Strasbourg
Win - Loss: 3 - 1


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Overview: An oversized point guard who has not been able to carve out a role for himself in the NBA. Has great height and strength for either guard position. Not very quick or explosive, which has become much more evident in the NBA than it was in college. Shows some flashes of offensive potential periodically, but is stuck between positions in terms of skills and physical traits. Needs the ball in his hands to be effective, but lacks the scoring, shooting or athletic ability to justify that. Knows how to run a team, but is too turnover prone to be trusted on a consistent basis. Struggles with his outside shooting touch, which has nullified his chances of getting minutes in the NBA . Will play some defense, but is often outmatched by quicker, more athletic guards. Was a tremendous four year player at Temple. Stuffed the stat sheet all four years, but seemed to peak between his junior and senior seasons. Garnered a selection late in the first round, but hasn’t taken advantage of the chances he’s been given to show that he can be a legit rotation player. Will have to become at least a passable shooter if he is to stick in the NBA.

Offense: A sound, but very inefficient offensive player on the NBA level. Gets about half of his offense from one-on-ones and pick and rolls. Will also get some opportunities to push the break in transition and spot up on the outside when the tempo slows down. Doesn’t have a bad jump shot, just has some mechanical flaws that cost him almost all of his consistency. Tends to bring the ball up from his knees and get extremely low to get the type of elevation he wants. Has never been able to make shots at a consistent rate even in college. Really struggles from the free throw line as well. Is a crafty player with some nice moves that get him some separation in the midrange. Knows how to use fakes and hesitation moves to get some space, but has a very hard time beating his man off the dribble due to his lack of quickness. Asked to do a lot of ball handling, and proves to be a capable passer, but his lack of athleticism make him turnover prone. Takes too many dribbles in the paint, looking to get closer to the rim rather than take the open look he already has. Lacks the athleticism to be a good finisher on the NBA level. Crafty enough to draw fouls, but converts just around 60% of his free throw attempts. Proves to be very good at running the pick and roll, using his size to keep his man on his hip and making some passes that smaller players aren’t able to. Won’t force things from the outside, but doesn’t have the skills to make a consistent impact on the NBA level.

Defense: A solid defensive player that doesn’t make many mistakes, but will be taken advantage of due to his lack of quickness. Shows tremendous fundamentals on the defensive end. Doesn’t miss rotations, stays in position when he’s not on the ball, and does a good job coming over to help deny dribble penetration when his teammates get beat. Knows how to be effective, but lacks the footspeed to make an impact. Uses his anticipation to rotate over from the weakside to deny penetration, but lacks the quickness to recover the ball gets passed out of the lane. Always gets a hand up when he closes out, but simply doesn’t get there in time to make a difference. Will get beaten off the dribble from time to time. Knows his weaknesses and will stay in position to avoid getting beat, but will bite on fakes periodically. Not great at defending the pick and roll, but is usually asked to switch onto bigger offensive players due to his size. Rebounds the ball at a decent rate. Was a tremendous defender on the collegiate level due to his intensity and fundamentals, but lacks the physical tools to make the same impact in the NBA. Proves very capable when he doesn’t have to defend the point guard spot or an elite athlete.

Mardy Collins NBA Draft Scouting Report

Mar 21, 2006, 05:42 pm
A legit 6-6 point guard. Mardy Collins has great size for the position, and unlike many converted wing to point prospects, really plays like one too. He is not a spectacular athlete, but is highly fluid in his movements, has extremely quick feet and outstanding instincts.

Collins is a highly unselfish player that controls tempo and plays the game with tremendous poise and patience. He’s a coach’s dream since he always plays within himself, never forces things and rarely makes unforced errors. Being smart and fundamentally sound, he seems to have a great understanding of the game; knowing when to look for his shot and when to get his teammates involved.

He has very good playmaking skills, running his team's halfcourt offense to perfection and executing extremely well. His court vision is excellent, utilizing his height to see the entire floor and being able to make passes that most shorter point guards just can’t, particularly into the post. His passing skills aren’t particularly flashy, as he’s more of your fundamental bounce pass-type who just gets the job done effectively. Typically strict Hall of Fame coach John Chaney appears to trust him with eyes closed.

Collins is an excellent ball-handler as well, dribbling the ball low to the ground with an array of hesitation moves and great confidence. Despite having just an above average first step, he is able to create his shot with ease at the college level thanks to all the many tricks he has in his arsenal, by using his head more than he does his feet. His ability to change gears and keep his man on his heels thanks to his assortment of head and body fakes helps him out greatly in this area. He has a strong crossover that he likes to use to get defenders off balance and either slash to the hoop, possibly using a spin-move, or pull up for the jump shot from mid-range, especially right around the free throw line. Once he gets to the rim he finishes creatively, utilizing his strength and toughness as well as his craftiness to usually score with a layup off the glass, and being just as effective after taking contact.

Collins loves to post up his man right on the edge of the paint or starting at the free throw line. His strength, footwork and overall intelligence help him out greatly here, being able to either find the open man if the double team comes, pull up for a turnaround jumper, or make his way all to the way to the basket.

Even though his perimeter shot is not particularly effective, it isn’t because of flawed mechanics or anything of that nature. Collins gets nice elevation on his jump shot, has a pretty high, albeit slow, release and looks smooth delivering his jumper. He is more effective from mid-range at the moment than he is from long-range, but considering his mechanics and his excellent work-ethic, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him become an acceptable shooter from behind the arc in the NBA down the road. Right now he is forced to take too many tough, contested perimeter shots at the end of the shot-clock because of Temple’s archaic style of offense, something that obviously hurts his shooting percentages. Being the type of player who doesn’t seem to give a damn about his stats, this doesn’t appear to really bother Collins since that’s just what his coach asks him to do.

Another attractive part of his game is his defensive ability. Collins plays at the top of John Chaney’s trademark matchup zone, and has established himself as one of the top ball-hawks in the country over the past four years. He has superb hands and outstanding anticipation skills, and his excellent footwork, wingspan and lateral movement do the rest. He gets his hands on a huge amount of deflections every game, coming up with steals, blocks and igniting the fast break for his team and often finishing it himself. He's also a solid rebounder for his position, averaging just under 5 per game on the year.

Collins is a very experienced basketball player, starting in every game for Temple since he stepped on campus. He keeps himself in fantastic shape, playing the full 40 minutes for his team more often then not, even as a Sophomore, but especially as a Junior and Senior, usually looking as if he isn't breaking a sweat.

Collins’ intangibles are outstanding, possessing fine leadership skills and an excellent demeanor on the floor. He’s an intelligent player both on and off the court who does exactly what’s asked of him by his coaches.

The worst thing you could say about Mardy Collins is that he’s a likely role player. His upside is not off the charts, and he will never be the type of player who can consistently lead an NBA team in scoring.

Part of the reason for that is that he’s a good athlete, but not a freak. He makes the most of what he has, but he’s not incredibly quick, nor explosive.

A major knock on Collins is his very average perimeter shooting ability. He’s only averaging about 31% from behind the arc on the year, on about 4.5 attempts per game. As indicated already, part of this has to do with his team’s style of play and Collins’ role on the floor, which forces him to shoot 3-pointers way more than he should be and in extremely difficult situations too. The fact that his release is not extremely quick does not do him many favors here, as in the last few seconds before the shot-clock expires defenders will crowd him excessively knowing that he’s the one who will likely take the shot.

Collins' free throw shooting is shockingly poor, at a paltry 59.6%.

Some of the biggest questions about Collins’ pro potential often revolved around the fact that he plays for possibly the worst system in college basketball for putting up numbers and displaying NBA caliber skills. It’s difficult to project how a player will perform in an NBA system when his college team plays a style that couldn’t possibly be any different from how NBA teams play.

John Chaney’s Temple team has always been known as a grind it out team that plays an extremely active matchup zone that forces its rivals to wear down the entire shot-clock and then grind it out defensively just as much on the other end of the floor as well. Temple is consistently the team that averages the fewest amount of turnovers in Division 1 basketball (under 8 per game this season) and the paltry amount of offensive possessions his team accumulates, exaggerated ball-movement and lack of one on one shot-creating opportunities is the main reason for that.

His team hasn’t won too many games over the past few years, never making the NCAA tournament and getting knocked out of the first round of the NIT this season after Collins went down with a serious looking injury in overtime against Hofstra. To his credit it must be mentioned that most of his teammates (but not all) are not the type of players who would usually be recruited by an Atlantic-10 conference team. Coach Chaney’s stark demeanor, harsh discipline and incredibly unattractive system means that most (but not all) talented players in the Philadelphia area decide to commit elsewhere.

Collins plays in the Atlantic-10, a conference that has seen better days since the departure of Jameer Nelson and Delonte West when St. Joe’s was one of the top 5 teams in the country. Temple only went 8-8 in-conference, and 17-15 overall.

They actually played a very strong out of conference schedule though, beating teams like Miami (19 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists, 1 turnover), Alabama, South Carolina and Maryland and losing to Rutgers, Auburn, Villanova and Duke (26 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 turnovers).

On the year, Collins averaged 16.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 turnovers, shooting 43% from the field and 30.7% from behind the arc.

The senior Collins has likely established himself as a lock for the 1st round with the way he's played this year, along with his potential as a unique NBA player and the lack of depth at the point guard position in this draft class.

He's not the type of player that is expected to attend the Orlando pre-draft camp, so most of the fluctuation in his stock now that the season is over will come from his private workouts. It might be difficult for him to shine here considering that a lot of the focus here is on testing athletic ability and perimeter shooting skills. Collins might have a tough time showing off his point guard and leadership skills, so NBA teams will likely take that into consideration.

"He's a smooth player," said Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski of Collins, comparing the 6-foot-6 guard to former Knicks star Walt Frazier. Collins is one of the better players we've played against in the last couple years. We put good pressure on the ball and thought we might be able to wear him out. He didn't get worn out. He was just there all the time. He's a really, really good player - and I've seen good players... He's going to be a hell of a player for a long time."

He's a bona fide point guard," said Temple Coach John Chaney of Collins. "His name is never mentioned, but he's tough as they come. And he wasn't a point guard when I got him, so I've done a hell of a job with him.

... His timing of what to do and when to do it is getting better and better. Whether he scores or not, that's not what I'm concerned about. I'm concerned about a guy who takes the challenge and that's what he does. He's a great leader. He's turning out to be something special for us."

"He's my kind of a point guard," Chaney said. "He doesn't throw the ball away, and he can also put everyone in their own room -- he's patient enough to get his shot last as long as he can orchestrate for the other guys."

He outclassed and outplayed him, there's no question about it." -- Temple coach John Chaney, on point guard Mardy Collins (25 points, seven steals), who clearly outperformed Wake Forest star Chris Paul (nine points, eight assists) in a 67-64 Wake win on Dec. 13.

Xavier coach Sean Miller: "the guy who has the ball, in my opinion, is as good as any player in college basketball, Mardy Collins."

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One of the more interesting developments this past week was the resurgence of Temple point guard Mardy Collins. Not only did Collins have by far his best statistical outbursts of the season this past week, he also helped his team to two huge home wins over Xavier and Maryland that put his team right back in the picture for an at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.

What makes his performances this week even more intriguing was the fact that it came right after Temple’s worst game of the season last Saturday, an embarrassing 60-34 loss to conference rivals UMass, one of the most dismal offensive scoring outings we’ve seen from any major team in the NCAA this year. The biggest questions about Collins’ pro potential often revolved around the fact that he plays for possibly the worst system in college basketball for putting up numbers and displaying NBA caliber skills. It’s difficult to project how a player will perform in an NBA system when his college team plays a style that couldn’t possibly be any different from how NBA teams play.

John Chaney’s Temple team has always been known as a grind it out team that plays an extremely active matchup zone that forces its rivals to wear down the entire shot-clock and then grind it out defensively just as much on the other end of the floor as well. Temple is consistently the team that averages the fewest amount of turnovers in Division 1 basketball (under 8 per game this season) and the paltry amount of offensive possessions his team accumulates, exaggerated ball-movement and lack of one on one shot-creating opportunities is the main reason for that. Collins is the one who is constantly forced to heave up low percentage shots at the end of possessions with the shot-clock running out, and therefore sees his field goal percentages suffer.

Since the loss to UMass, Temple appears to have made some interesting adjustments to their offense and have responded by putting up 172 points in the next two games. Temple can go through four games without accumulating that many points, which obviously limits the amount of assists and points that Collins can amass statistically. Put him on an up-tempo scoring team like Washington or Memphis and he’d have at least 50% more offensive possessions to rack up stats. Temple averages for example half the assists Washington does and 25 less points .

All that changed against Xavier and Maryland, with Chaney tinkering with the system and allowing a lot more offensive freedom and Collins in turn responding by showing us the versatile player oozing with NBA potential that we envisioned when we wrote about him in his scouting report a year ago.

Collins is an extremely big point guard who is almost as pure a playmaker as you’ll find in this draft. He is a solid, but unspectacular athlete who gets by on the floor thanks to his terrific basketball instincts, ball-handling skills, fluid style of play, toughness, excellent footwork and aggressiveness. He runs a team with terrific poise, using his height to see the entire floor, being patient and extremely unselfish and showing an outstanding feel for the game. His defensive ability makes him an especially intriguing prospect since it looks like he should be able to hold his own in the NBA even guarding quicker point guards; as his footwork and lateral quickness are outstanding, and he is a true ball hawk with excellent hands and anticipation skills. Offensively, he gets into the lane creatively using his footwork, strong crossovers and plenty of savvy little tricks to get his man off-balance and blow right by him. In the Maryland game he was outstanding in transition and showed a nice back to the basket game when they decided to put a smaller guard on him, further expanding the theory that this is a player that will be a much better pro than he is a college player.

In terms of his NBA potential you would like to see him become a better shooter (his release is awfully slow) to really be a legit lottery prospect, but it’s hard not to think that there isn’t going to be at least one NBA coach (maybe Phil Jackson?) who will absolutely fall in love with his potential as a tall point guard and will tell his GM to do what it takes to get him. From a pure tactical perspective there are just too many things you can do with his versatility on both ends of the floor to not take him seriously.

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