Maurice Rodney "Mardy" Collins (born August 4, 1984) is an American professional basketball player, who lastly played for SIG Strasbourg of the LNB Pro A. He completed his college basketball career at Temple University, and was drafted by the New York Knicks with the 29th pick of the first round of the 2006 NBA draft. Collins played for the Knicks for two seasons and then played for the Los Angeles Clippers from 2008 to 2010. Since 2011, Collins has played in various international leagues.
Collins in 2007.
|Position||Shooting guard / Small forward|
|Born||August 4, 1984|
|Listed height||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||Simon Gratz|
|NBA draft||2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 29th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|2006–2008||New York Knicks|
|2008–2010||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2011–2012||Los Angeles D-Fenders|
|2013||Guaros de Lara|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
High school careerEdit
Scouts were impressed by Collins' defense and team play. He totaled 89 steals for his 2005–06 season at Temple University, primarily by stepping into passing lanes. He also averaged 16.9 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game.
New York KnicksEdit
In 52 games played during the 2006–2007 season, Collins averaged 4.5 points per game, 2.0 rebounds per game, and 1.6 assists per game. However, in the final ten games of the season, when he played a substantially higher number of minutes than previously in the season, he averaged 14.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.8 assists and 1.9 steals.
On December 16, 2006, during the fourth quarter of a game between the New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, Collins committed a hard foul against Nuggets guard J. R. Smith. The ensuing confrontation resulted in a brawl, after which ten players were ejected. Collins received a six-game suspension.
Los Angeles ClippersEdit
Los Angeles D-FendersEdit
On January 17, 2011, Collins signed a one-year contract with the Turkish League team Bornova Belediye. In November 2012, he joined the Israeli team Maccabi Ashdod In May 2013, he signed with Guaros de Lara of the Venezuelan League. On August 26, 2013, he signed with Sutor Montegranaro of the Italian League.
On January 1, 2014, he signed a contract with the then reigning back-to-back EuroLeague champions, Olympiacos of the Greek League, until the end of the season. Over 14 EuroLeague games, in which he played as a bench player, he averaged 2.1 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game.
The Basketball Tournament (TBT)Edit
In the summer of 2017, Collins competed in The Basketball Tournament on ESPN for the City of Gods. In their first-round matchup, Collins registered 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the City of Gods' 88-86 loss to Gael Nation, a team composed of Iona College basketball alum. Collins also competed in TBT during 2015. That summer, Collins played one game for TYGTAL and totaled 18 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||PIR||Performance Index Rating|
Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.
- "Rookie Rankings". nba.com. July 1, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- "Game recap". espn.com. December 17, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- "Suspensions total 47 games from Knicks-Nuggets fight". espn.com. December 20, 2006. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- "Game boxscore". nba.com. April 7, 2007. Retrieved June 6, 2008.
- "Clippers Acquire Zach Randolph and Mardy Collins From Knicks". NBA.com. November 21, 2008. Retrieved November 21, 2008.
- "Former NBA player Mardy Collins joins Bornova". Eurobasket. January 17, 2011. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
- Maccabi Ashdod signs Mardy Collins, Mike Hall
- "Mardy Collins joins Guaros de Lara". Court-side.com. May 21, 2013. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Sutor Montegranaro officially sign Mardy Collins". Sportando.net. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
- "Olympiacos announced Mardy Collins". Sportando.net. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- "PGE Turow announces Mardy Collins". euroleague.net (September 26, 2014). Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- SIG Strasbourg announces Mardy Collins
- Mardy Collins inks with Lokomotiv Kuban
- Lokomotiv Kuban re-signs Mardy Collins