Jason Collins as a screener - One of the best, says ESPN

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN's Amin Elhassan has found a new stat to bolster or deflate fans arguments: screens.  And it's none too early: Elhassan finds Jason Collins is on the top 10 list.

Here's his explanation of the stat:

Using proprietary data from Vantage Sports, which tracks a variety of heretofore unmeasurable actions (like screening), we are now able to identify and attribute credit to individuals. The data were collected over a span of roughly two and a half seasons, giving us a large enough sample size to draw conclusions. For the purposes of this piece, let's focus on three specific aspects of screening (see explanation at the bottom of the story):

1. Screen frequency
2. Screen quality
3. Screen outcome

Using that data, here's what Elhassan has to say about Collins, long known as a screener par excellence and ranked No. 10.

His sample size is lower than the qualifying cutoff, but I include Collins on this list to illustrate his value to the Nets beyond any purported boost due to his newfound fame. For those who question how his paltry points and rebound averages warrant him a spot in the league or wonder about the value of his bruising screens, we can finally quantify it. Simply put, Collins is one of the best screen setters in the league in the context of impeding the progress of defenders and creating open looks for teammates, even if he's not a great offensive player in other areas.

Best screener? Omer Asik.
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