Jason Paul Collins (born December 2, 1978) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Boston Celtics of the NBA. Collins attended Stanford University, where he was an All-American in 2000–01 and appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated on March 15, 2000. He finished his career ranked #1 in school history for field goal percentage (.608) and #5 in blocked shots (89).
High school career
He graduated from Harvard-Westlake School, where his backup was actor Jason Segel. Collins, playing alongside his twin brother, Jarron, won two California Interscholastic Federation state titles during his four-year career with a combined record of 123-10. Over those four years he broke the 31-year California rebounding record with over 1,500.
As a rookie along with Richard Jefferson, Collins played a significant role in the New Jersey Nets' first ever NBA Finals berth in 2002 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the 2002–03 NBA season Collins took over the starting center role for the Nets and helped the franchise back to the NBA Finals. Prior to the 2004–05 season, he signed a $25 million contract extension with New Jersey for five more years.
On February 4, 2008, Collins was traded along with cash considerations to the Memphis Grizzlies for Stromile Swift. On June 26, 2008, Collins was dealt to the Minnesota Timberwolves in an eight-player deal involving Kevin Love and O. J. Mayo. After his contract expired at the end of the 2008-09 NBA season, the Timberwolves' management decided not to re-sign him. Collins signed with the Atlanta Hawks on September 2, 2009. Collins re-signed with the Hawks in the 2010 offseason.
Collins' twin brother, Jarron Collins, also played in the NBA, and was a teammate of Jason's at Stanford.
On July 31, 2012, Collins signed an undisclosed deal with the Boston Celtics.
NBA career statistics
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- ^ Grizzlies acquire center Jason Collins from Nets
- ^ Bulls go for Rose over Beasley in NBA draft; Mayo, Love swap places
- ^ Hawks sign C Jason Collins. September 2, 2009. Retrieved on September 3, 2009.
- ^ ATLANTA HAWKS RE-SIGN JASON COLLINS
- ^ Jarron Collins. USA Today. Retrieved on October 26, 2009.
- ^ Celtics Sign Jason Collins. NBA. Retrieved on July 31, 2012.