There aren’t a lot of smarter NBA writers than Kelly Dwyer. Sure, sometimes he spews nonsense just like the rest of us. But he watches waaaay more basketball than you do. This means that even presuming you are an absolute diehard NBA fan who often watches terrible Western Conference teams even when the one guy worth watching on their team is hurt (Chris Paul), Kelly still saw at least 4o more Hornets games that you did last year.
And he thinks Darren Collison is the NBA’s 16th best point guard.
16. Darren Collison, Indiana Pacers (last year: unranked)
I’d usually hesitate with a per-minute wonder like Collison, giving him a year before throwing him a higher ranking until he can prove himself further to me. The problem with that is that, for half a season, Collison wasn’t a per-minute wonder. Far from it. He started 37 games, averaging about 40 minutes per, and he gave the Hornets about 19 points and nine assists as a rookie starter, with 43 percent shooting from behind the arc.
A 16th-place ranking puts Darren right in front of Jose Calderon (20th) Mo Williams (19th), Lou Williams (18th) and John Wall (17th) and right behind Brandon Jennings (15th), Andre Miller (14th), Steph Curry (13th), Jason Kidd (12th) and Jameer Nelson (11th).
You can play semantics on the precise order, but those are pretty much his peers.