The Pacers came into the offseason with one glaring need - a point guard. After a lot of inactivity and patience, they landed their man. Darren Collison came over in a four-team trade that sent Troy Murphy to the Nets.
The Pacers hope Collison is their point guard for the future. If his rookie season is any indication, they got a good one.
Collison spent his rookie season with New Orleans as back up for superstar Chris Paul. After learning from him a lot about the point guard position, Collison got a chance to start 37 games when Paul went down with injury.
All he did with his starting opportunity is average 18.8 points and 9.1 assists, including a triple-double against - you guesssed it - the Pacers.
Now Collison, only in his second year is in charge of a Pacers team desperate to turn the corner. They are putting a lot of trust in the young guy, but from all indications, he is ready for the challenge.
Based on his early quotes with the Pacers, Collison is ready to take on a leadership role and settle on nothing less than winning. Even though those are just words at this point, any confidence is music to the ears of a Pacers fan.
Here is some of what Collison had to say during an online chat during the Pacers' media day Monday.
When asked about his goals:"Individual goals are team goals and that's to make the playoffs."
And then: "