After the Pacers went through a couple of local legends at point guard who never seemed overly thrilled or comfortable repping their home town team, the Pacers brought back a familiar face in Darren Collison to run the team for what appeared to be a couple of stop-gap season or two while the team rebuilt.
As we know now, that was not the case as the Pacers wildly exceeded expectations this season due to several players with something to prove going out and proving their NBA worth every night.
One of those players was Collison and as the dust settles on the regular season, DC finds himself leading the league in 3-point shooting percentage and assist/turnover ratio.
Yeah, how’s your point guard?
To qualify as a league leader for 3-point percentage, a player must make at least 82 3-pointers and for assist/turnover ration, a player must have at least 200 assists.
Mark Montieth focused on Collison’s stellar season which also included a valuable leadership role in the locker room, helping to make the drastic and positive culture change surrounding the team work.
Collison wasn’t prolific in either of his league-leading categories. He hit 96 3-pointers and averaged 5.3 assists, neither of which would come close to the league lead for sheer volume. But he was efficient, which is all he ever wanted to be, and he’s had a most satisfying season, one in which he quarterbacked a team predicted to win about 32 games to a 48-34 record and playoff berth amid the best locker room chemistry he’s ever experienced.
It’s certainly the most satisfying season, one in which he quarterbacked a team predicted to win about 32 games to a 48-34 record and playoff berth amid the best locker room chemistry he’s ever experienced.
Check out the full article by Montieth for Collison’s thoughts on the season along with more examples of how strong the bond is among teammates in the Pacers locker room. Great stuff!