In their pursuit of another ball-handler to compliment Stephen Curry this season, the Golden State Warriors have scheduled a workout with former NBA guard Darren Collison. If all goes well, this could be a perfect relationship.
The Golden State Warriors are on the market and Darren Collison can be a surprising, yet great, fit for their second unit.
It has been three years since Collison appeared in a professional basketball game. He announced his shocking retirement in 2019 to pursue a career as a Jahova Witness. But, it sounds like Collison is ready to return to the game as he agreed to a workout with the Dubs.
Before abruptly giving up his job in the NBA, Collison was a premiere shooter. He led the league in 3-point percentage during the 2017-18 season with a red-hot 46.8 percent clip from deep. Though Collison has never been a volume scorer, he has proven time and time again that he will knock down the few shots he attempts.
Collison has shown that he is a smart player. This is evident in his shooting splits and his assist to turnover ratio, dishing 6.0 assists and committing only 1.6 turnovers in his latest season. Furthermore, he has always been a reliable defender. These attributes make him an ideal fit in Golden State.
For a team that will be battling numerous growing pains and traversing through a season in which Klay Thompson slowly returns from injury — adding a sturdy presence such as Collison is monumental towards building consistency.
There are obvious concerns that emerge. First of all, is Collison still capable of playing in the pros? He’s 34 years old now and has been out of the game for quite some time. At just 6’0″ tall, Collison can not afford to lose much athleticism.
I’d assume the Warriors will get a good idea of how ready Collison is during their workout. Let us hope he comes prepared to make a statement and earn a roster spot with the Dubs.