John Collins

John Collins

25-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
Atlanta Hawks
Out
Injury Ankle
Est. Return 12/16/2022
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Though rumors have swirled that Collins isn't happy in Atlanta, he remains on the team heading into 2022-23. His role has significantly decreased from 2019-20, when he was shockingly the 12th-best fantasy player on a per-game basis in eight-category leagues. Now, he's settled into a complementary role at power forward next to Clint Capela as the Hawks filled out the rest of the roster with playmakers and other scoring options. That's resulted in him ranking 62nd and 61st, respectively, over the past two seasons. Last year, he averaged 16.2 points on 53/36/79 shooting, 7.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 blocks in 30.8 minutes. His proficiency as a lob threat and three-point shooter keeps him constantly involved in the offense, though he's not often the first choice for either play. This season, his role isn't expected to change. The Hawks made a significant change in the offseason by acquiring Dejounte Murray to pair next to Trae Young, but the move shouldn't affect Collins. He's a high-floor option, but his ceiling is capped until he moves away from Atlanta. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a four-year, $98.42 million contract with the Hawks in August of 2021. Contract includes $26.58 million player option for 2025-26.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

John Martin Collins III was born in 1997 in Layton, Utah. He is the son of Lyria Rissing-Collins, who is retired from the U.S. Air Force, and John Collins Jr., who served in the Navy. The Collins military family traveled a lot during John's youth, having lived in the Virgin Islands, Guam and Turkey. The big forward's nickname is "JC." Collins played high school ball at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. After his senior season, he was named 2014-15 Florida Class 4A Player of the Year, as well as Player of the Year by the Palm Beach Post, the Sun Sentinel and the Gatorade (Palm Beach). Fans can follow JC on both Twitter and Instagram via @jcollins20_. As a freshman, Collins showed some potential while backing up Devin Thomas. He was fourth on the team with 7.4 points and scored in double digits 13 times. The 6-10 forward put the Demon Deacons on his shoulders in his second season and helped coach Danny Manning to get to the NCAA Tournament for the first time with Wake Forest. The first-team All-ACC player and Most Improved Player for 2016-17 in conference led the team with 19.2 points, 9.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game. He had 16 double-doubles, including 31 points and 15 rebounds in a loss against Duke at Cameron Indoor in February. The team went 9-9 in ACC play and reached the NCAA Tournament as a member of the First Four. Collins scored 26 points on 9 of 13 from the field and hauled down nine rebounds against Kansas State, but it was not enough to get the Demon Deacons into the Field of 64. After two seasons in Winston-Salem, Collins declared for the 2017 NBA Draft and was selected with the 19th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks.

Out at least two weeks
FAtlanta Hawks
Ankle
December 1, 2022
Collins will miss at least two weeks due to a left ankle sprain, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Collins suffered the injury in the first half of Wednesday's game before being ruled out for Friday's contest. Tests conducted Thursday confirmed the sprain and its severity will cost him at least two weeks of play. Justin Holiday (COVID-19) and Jalen Johnson (ankle) will likely obtain the majority of Collins' vacated minutes.
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Contract proving hard to move
FAtlanta Hawks
November 23, 2022
The Hawks are having difficulty finding a trade partner for Collins due to the long-term money remaining on his contract, Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reports.
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The 25-year-old forward still has $78.5 million and three years left on his deal, a figure that is viewed as above Collins' market value by many around the league. The Suns in particular aren't interested in acquiring him, and trade talks last year involving the Kings and Wizards ended up falling through. Collins' name will likely remain in trade rumors, but the pool of teams that actually consider him an asset at his salary may be a small one.
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With the Hawks adding Clint Capela and Danilo Gallinari as frontcourt options last season, Collins wasn't called upon as much as he was in 2019-20. As a result, he saw most of his numbers take a dip. The big man saw 29.3 minutes per game and averaged 17.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 combined blocks-plus-steals. Though his box score stats dropped, Collins remained one of the most efficient shooters in the league. He posted a 56/40/83 shooting line, translating into a true shooting percentage of 64.5% -- good for 16th in the NBA. Those numbers resulted in Collins ranking 62nd in fantasy on a per-game basis -- a good mark but much worse than his 2019-20 campaign, when he ranked 12th overall. Despite his role being reduced, the Hawks committed to Collins during free agency, signing him to a five-year, $125 million deal. Atlanta is bringing back almost the exact same roster in 2021-22, so fantasy managers should expect Collins to put up similar numbers. With that being the case, he's a solid investment in the late fourth round onward.
Fantasy managers who drafted Collins in 2019-20 were burned by his early-season, 25-game suspension. However, his per-game stats were excellent, ranking him 12th in eight-category leagues. In 33.2 minutes per game, the big man averaged 21.6 points, 10.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.4 three-pointers. Collins was efficient, as well, shooting 58.3 percent from the field, 40.1 from downtown and 80.0 from the free-throw line -- good for the sixth-highest true-shooting percentage (66.0) in the NBA. Collins' role may shift heading into 2020-21, however, as the Hawks added Clint Capela to the mix, which will likely mean more time on the perimeter for Collins on both offense and defense. An increase in threes can be expected, but a possible decrease in raw stats could be in store with the Hawks building a more balanced roster, also adding Bogdan Bogdanovic and Danilo Gallinari. Even so, with one of the best passers in the league in Trae Young at the helm in Atlanta, Collins should still be able to find his way into easy points around the basket and in transition.
A preseason ankle injury delayed Collins' 2018-19 debut until Nov. 17. He went on to play 61 games for the Hawks, of which he started 59. The Wake Forest product has been impressive through his first two years in the league, and he quietly averaged 19.5 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists on 56.0 percent shooting last season. The only other player 21 years old or younger to average those numbers since the three-point era is Shaquille O'Neal. At 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds, Collins has been primarily used as a power forward. But he's played 28% of his career minutes at center, and he may continue seeing spot run at the position given his athleticism and still-in-progress three-point range. In 2018-19, he shot 34.8 percent from long range on 2.6 attempts per game. Expanding his shot is one of the main stepping stones for Collins' development, as is his defense. While he averaged 1.6 blocks per 36 minutes as a rookie, that number dipped to 0.8 blocks per 36 minutes as a sophomore. Even if Collins is already at his ceiling, he's showing off the ability to play at an All-Star level, and there's a chance he'll fall in fantasy drafts due to lack of name recognition.
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.
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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Won't play Friday
FAtlanta Hawks
Ankle
December 1, 2022
Collins (ankle) has been ruled out for Friday's game against the Nuggets.
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Won't return Wednesday
FAtlanta Hawks
November 30, 2022
Collins is out for the remainder of Wednesday's game against the Magic due to a left ankle sprain, Brad Rowland of Locked on Hawks reports.
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Records four blocks in loss
FAtlanta Hawks
November 28, 2022
Collins finished Monday's game against the 76ers with 13 points (4-8 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 4-8 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, four blocks and two steals across 32 minutes.
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Secures sixth double-double
FAtlanta Hawks
November 27, 2022
Collins closed Sunday's 106-98 loss to the Heat with 23 points (11-17 FG, 1-4 3Pt), 14 rebounds, two assists and one block across 37 minutes.
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Narrowly misses double-double
FAtlanta Hawks
November 19, 2022
Collins finished with nine points (2-4 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and one steal over 34 minutes before fouling out of Saturday's 124-122 overtime win over the Raptors.
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