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Kings season primer: Healthy Darren Collison expects big season

The Sacramento Bee provides a primer for each of the 15 players on the Kings’ roster entering their 2015-16 campaign, which begins Wednesday, Oct. 28, at home against the Los Angeles Clippers. View the rest of the profiles here.

A core muscle injury cut Darren Collison’s season short in February. Following season-ending surgery, it was discovered Collison had played through the injury for several seasons. Doctors said the injury likely required surgery three or four years ago.

Spin forward to the preseason and the 28-year-old Collison says he feels like a new man. If his 22-point, 10-assist preseason game effort against Portland is any indication, he should be able to build on his career-best 16.1 points and 5.6 assists per-game he managed last season in 45 games (all starts).

Though the Kings signed veteran point guard Rajon Rondo, Collison is still an important piece to the puzzle. “Personally, I see them playing a lot of minutes together,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said.

PLAYER BIO: DARREN COLLISON

Position/jersey: Guard, No. 7

Height/weight: 6-0, 175

Age: 28

Experience: Six years

Prior to NBA: UCLA

Key 2014-15 stat: Played a career-low 45 games because of a core muscle injury but averaged a career-high 16.1 points.

Comment: He feels as healthy as ever and is poised for a career year after a strong training camp.

Jason Jones

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Video: Vlade Divac shares a play with DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison

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