Let me start by saying, what a nice problem to have.... two quality players, both with high character and talent, competing for the FINAL SPOT on the roster. Wow...
But I also have to ask for your input on what you would do.
Case for Ime Udoka: He may be declining, but has flourished in the past here with McMillan. Loves the Portland fans (his hometown) and will play hard no matter what. Was our best defender just a few years ago, something this team is striving to improve at. Steady at both ends of the floor, and can knock down open three's from the corner. But I think he would bring DEFENSE more than we'd rely on him for offense.
Case against Udoka: He's declining, and as the recent O-live story stated, he's painfully redundant. Do we need MORE small forwards?
Case for Jarron Collins: He's very smart, works hard, and would bring some size to back up our bigs. Has veteran experience and would provide a great practice and lockerroom presence consistent with who this team is. If Aldridge, Oden, or Joel get injured, wouldn't we be happy to have Collins? Or, when Shaq or Duncan checks into the game, nice to have some fouls to spread around since Oden has been known to accumulate a few...
Case against Collins: Missed much of last year due to injury, and has been un-spectacular.
My Personal Opinion: I personally think Ime is great, and would be happy to see him make the roster, but I actually think Collins would be the more strategic, long-term choice that could meet different needs for the team. Thoughts?