Zach Collins
Zach Collins
21-Year-Old CenterC
Portland Trail Blazers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
With Jusuf Nurkic expected to miss a significant portion of the 2019-20 season after undergoing surgery to repair compound fractures in his left leg, Collins was in line to operate as the leader of Portland's frontcourt. This offseason, however, the Trail Blazers elected to trade for big man Hassan Whiteside, which leaves Collins' role murky heading into his third NBA season. Collins saw an increase in production across the board in his second season, averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds across 17.6 minutes. He also found more accuracy in his jump shot, as his three-point percentage jumped from 31.0 percent to 33.1 percent on a similar number of attempts. This helped his true shooting percentage get a huge boost last season, as he went from 47.5 percent as a rookie to an impressive 56.2 percent. Collins' growth is heading in a positive direction, but with Whiteside's presence in the rotation, Collins could end up playing a similar role to that he played alongside Enes Kanter down the final stretch of last year's regular season and playoffs. Conversely, given that Collins showed huge improvement as a floor spacer last season and that Portland lost a lot of its frontcourt depth from last season, it is very possible that the two could, and may have to, co-exist on the floor together. While there's real risk involved in drafting Collins, it's hard to argue against taking a late-round flier on the improving big man on the chance he gets real minutes at power forward. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.69 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2017. Trail Blazers exercised $4.24 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Trail Blazers exercised $5.41 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Solid showing in first-unit return
CPortland Trail Blazers
October 17, 2019
Collins registered 13 points (6-6 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), five rebounds and two blocks across 23 minutes during the Trail Blazers' 126-118 preseason win over the Jazz on Wednesday.
Collins returned to the starting five after a strong showing off the bench in Portland's most recent preseason game Saturday against the Suns. After two seasons filling a modest role in the frontcourt rotation, Collins is set to open the 2019-20 campaign as the clear-cut starter at power forward following the offseason departure of Al-Farouq Aminu. He's put together a strong preseason that's helped corroborate the considerable improvement he displayed as a shooter last season was no outlier, posting a success rate from the floor of 50.0 percent or better in three of his four exhibitions.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Collins’ rookie season numbers (4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds) were nothing to write home about for a first-round pick, but given the players ahead of him in the frontcourt, it’s not necessarily surprising he was eased into action to the tune of a modest 15.8 minutes per contest. The seven-footer then had a chance to get some extra development time in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 23.7 minutes across six games despite dealing with a broken nose and an ankle sprain. Looking ahead to the coming season, Collins still has an uphill battle for playing time due to the presence of Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu ahead of him on the depth chart. However, given his potential and first-round pedigree, the Trail Blazers are likely to prioritize Collins’ playing time over that of veteran Meyers Leonard, who presently slots alongside him behind Nurkic.
Selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Collins joins the Trail Blazers as an athletic big man with great size at 6-foot-11. He's also a capable floor spacer, which is especially important in today's NBA landscape, shooting 65 percent from the field and 47 percent from the three-point line in his lone season at Gonzaga. However, plenty of questions arise when looking at his college production. Collins played in a smaller conference with Gonzaga and also averaged just 17.2 minutes per contest, so he'll likely be a little behind in his transition to playing against some of the best players in the world. That could mean a developmental year is in store for Collins, which should keep him off the radar in the majority of Fantasy formats. The Trail Blazers already have a new and improved Jusuf Nurkic at center, so at best, Collins could settle into a backup role if he demonstrates during training camp and the preseason that he can play against NBA talent. Still, he'll likely be stuck with just a few spot minutes, battling with the likes of Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh for playing time off the bench.
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Joins starting five Wednesday
CPortland Trail Blazers
October 16, 2019
Collins will start Wednesday's game against the Jazz, Tony Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Strong numbers again Saturday
CPortland Trail Blazers
October 12, 2019
Collins had 16 points (5-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, -7 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, and two blocks in 24 minutes during Saturday's 134-118 preseason loss to Phoenix.
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Coming off bench Saturday
CPortland Trail Blazers
October 12, 2019
Collins will come off the bench Saturday against the Suns, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Contributes across the board
CPortland Trail Blazers
October 11, 2019
Collins tallied 16 points (7-14 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 2-2 FT), nine rebounds, two assists, two blocks, and one steal in 23 minutes during Thursday's 104-68 preseason win over Maccabi.
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Plays team-high 24 minutes Tuesday
CPortland Trail Blazers
October 9, 2019
Collins finished with 10 points (5-12 FG, 0-2 3Pt), and six rebounds in 24 minutes during Tuesday's 105-94 preseason loss to the Nuggets.
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