The Utah Jazz might be wise to ride with John Collins for the rest of the season

The Utah Jazz may want to ride with John Collins for the remainder of the season.

Jan 25, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Utah Jazz forward John Collins (20) shoots the
Jan 25, 2024; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Utah Jazz forward John Collins (20) shoots the / Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Utah Jazz handled the Washington Wizards and Kyle Kuzma a few days ago, with Collins demonstrating that he's better than he's been given credit for. Now, he's not good defensively, that's not really in dispute, but if guys like Kyle Kuzma are seen as huge trade chips, then we have to think that Collins is worth keeping around. After all, Kuzma is the guy that everyone keeps citing as a potential upgrade to a variety of teams.

And aside from Pascal Siakam, there isn't a power forward beyond Kuzma that really was up to be had. via the trade market. So it makes sense that if you couldn't land Siakam, you stand pat with Collins. His defense is a problem, sure, but his offense is very good.

He's once again got some good shooting splits, hitting .507/.351/.800 for the season, while pulling down 14.0 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. His true shooting percentage is rising as the season continues and is closing in on 60% for the season, a clear sign that he's returning to form from before his finger injury.

Not only that but he does play very well with Collin Sexton and Lauri Markkanen. While we still think that Walker Kessler should move to the starting lineup, Collins can remain at four next to Markkanaen at three or you can move Collins to the bench to play big minutes next to Jordan Clarkson.

Which may not be a bad idea.

Collins, like Clarkson, seems to be best when he isn't' facing the team's best frontcourt players, especially on defense. So if you're able to maximize the minutes he's on the court, and limit the lack of defense in the process, then you're far more likely to be able to win games with him.

He still may not be good enough to help the Jazz get to the playoffs, that notion has changed, but he's good enough that unless someone of substantial value becomes available, there isn't a reason to trade him.

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