John Collins
John Collins
21-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. Hawks exercised $2.69 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Contract includes $4.14 million team option for 2020-21.
Extends double-double streak
FAtlanta Hawks
December 14, 2018
Collins scored 11 points (2-8 FG, 7-12 FT) while adding 14 rebounds, an assist and a block in 29 minutes during Friday's 129-108 loss to the Celtics.
It's the second-year big's sixth straight double-double and seventh in 13 games. Collins has made a big impact for the Hawks since recovering from ankle injury that cost him the first 15 games of the season, and he's establishing himself as an important part of their rebuilding efforts.
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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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Career-best 17 rebounds Wednesday
FAtlanta Hawks
December 13, 2018
Colling finished with 20 points (10-22 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), 17 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 36 minutes during Wednesday's 114-107 loss to Dallas.
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Career night against Nuggets
FAtlanta Hawks
December 8, 2018
Collins scored a game-high 30 points (12-20 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 3-4 FT) while adding 12 rebounds, five assists and a block in 33 minutes during Saturday's 106-98 win over the Nuggets.
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Massive double-double in loss
FAtlanta Hawks
December 5, 2018
Collins produced 26 points (12-17 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 0-1 FT) and 14 rebounds in 31 minutes during Wednesday's loss to the Wizards.
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Pops for season-high 24
FAtlanta Hawks
December 4, 2018
Collins scored 24 points (11-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-3 FT) while adding 11 rebounds, two assists and a block in 30 minutes during Monday's 128-111 loss to the Warriors.
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Double-doubles in loss Friday
FAtlanta Hawks
November 30, 2018
Collins had 19 points (9-15 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 1-1 FT), 11 rebounds, one assist, and one block in 32 minutes during Friday's 124-109 loss to Oklahoma City.
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