John Collins
John Collins
20-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Due to the Hawks' roster construction and expected path back to the lottery, Collins was one of the more intriguing rookie prospects after being selected in the first round of last year's draft. While he opened the season in a bench role behind Ersan Ilyasova, the Hawks ultimately bought out the veteran in February and elevated Collins into the top unit once their playoff hopes were out of reach. The 6-foot-10 big man would go on to start 26 games, a stretch where he averaged 11.2 points 7.9 rebounds and 2.0 assists across 28.4 minutes. Those numbers were all slightly up from the 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists across 24.1 minutes that Collins averaged for the entire year (74 games). In addition, Collins was a capable rim protector with 1.1 blocks per contest and shot 57.6 percent from the field. He only knocked down 16 total three-pointers and was a 71.5 percent free-throw shooter, though, so there are a few aspects of his game that are still a work in progress. However, Collins has high expectations going into his second year in the league. Ilyasova won't be in his way for the first half of the season and Mike Muscala was traded to the Sixers over the summer, meaning Collins has as clear a path to playing time as possible. A role surpassing 30.0 minutes a night seems likely, so the 20-year-old's numbers will certainly be on the rise. Averaging a double-double isn't out of the question, which means Collins is going to head into the year as one of the more intriguing breakout candidates. Look for him to be a very strong mid-to-late-round option if he falls that far and it wouldn't be surprising if Fantasy owners elected to pay up a bit considering his potential upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $4.24 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2017. Contract includes $2.69 million team option for 2019-20 and $4.14 million team option for 2020-21.
Could see minutes at center
FAtlanta Hawks
September 20, 2018
Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce implied Thursday that Collins could spend some time at center this season, KL Chouinard of Hawks.com reports.
ANALYSIS
All indications are that Collins will be the Hawks' starting power forward, but it certainly wouldn't be a surprise if he's used at the five in certain lineups. Atlanta doesn't have a ton of quality depth at the position behind Dewayne Dedmon, who is currently battling an ankle injury and won't be ready for training camp. As a rookie, Collins posted averages of 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes per game. He'll likely see a jump in playing time this season, and he flashed increased comfortability from beyond the arc during summer league, both of which make him one of the year's more popular breakout candidates.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
Collins recently finished up his sophomore season at Wake Forest, where he had a breakout campaign and averaged 19.2 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks across 26.6 minutes per game. That boosted his stock enough to declare early for the 2017 NBA Draft and he was eventually selected by the Hawks with the 19th overall pick. In college, he proved to be extremely athletic for his size at 6-foot-10 and was one of the better rebounders in the nation. He certainly needs to add strength to his frame in order to matchup with some of the bigger power forwards and centers in the league, but Collins still has impressive potential if he's able to put everything together. He needs some work on the offensive side of the ball as well despite being a capable mid-range shooter at Wake Forest. Most of his work comes around the rim and he hasn't displayed any sort of three-point shot at all, so Collins will eventually need to extend to the perimeter in order to fit into today's NBA landscape. Still, Collins is going into one of the best situations of this year's rookie class. The Hawks no longer have Paul Millsap or Dwight Howard, and they didn't do much in free agency to replace the two. Ersan Ilyasova is currently the favorite to open the season as the team's starting power forward and Collins should slot in as the backup if he's able to jump Luke Babbitt on the depth chart right away like expected. With the Hawks highly unlikely to make the playoffs, Collins will certainly be a candidate to get extended run and that could even develop into a starting role later in the season if he develops quicker than expected. Either way, Collins should have a relatively easy path to playing time, making him one of the more intriguing rookie options.
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Will remain out Wednesday
FAtlanta Hawks
Rest
July 11, 2018
Collins (rest) has been ruled out for Wednesday's summer league matchup with the Pacers, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Out as expected Tuesday
FAtlanta Hawks
Rest
July 10, 2018
Collins (rest) won't play during Tuesday's game against the Bulls, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Not expected to suit up again
FAtlanta Hawks
July 8, 2018
Head coach Lloyd Pierce said Sunday that Collins likely will not play again in summer league, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Stellar in Vegas Summer League opener
FAtlanta Hawks
July 7, 2018
Collins (rest) generated 30 points (12-22 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-6 FT), eight rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block across 30 minutes during the Hawks' 91-89 loss to the Knicks in a Las Vegas Summer League contest Saturday.
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Starting Saturday
FAtlanta Hawks
July 7, 2018
Collins (rest) will start during Saturday's summer league tilt against the Knicks.
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