Before the All-Star break, Collins appeared in 30 games for the Hawks. In those contests, Collins averaged 17.0 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steal and 2.0 blocks in 32.2 minutes per game. On Dec. 23 in Cleveland, Collins finished with a 27-point, 10-rebound double-double to go with two steals and two blocks. Five nights later, Collins went for a season-high 34 points in 33 minutes against the Bulls. The Wake Forest product recorded seven straight double-doubles between Jan. 28 and Feb. 9, averaging 26.0 points, 13.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 38.1 minutes over that span. In 11 games after the All-Star break, Collins posted averages of 24.2 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.5 blocks. He scored at least 20 points in nine of those contests, topping out with 35 points -- to go with 17 rebounds -- in a win over Dallas on Feb. 22. In that game, Collins made 13 of his 18 field goal attempts. Against the Hornets on Mar. 9, Collins went for 28 points (12-13 FG) and 11 rebounds. In his final game before the 2019-20 season was suspended, Collins posted 22 points, 15 rebounds and two steals in a Mar. 11 win over the Knicks. Collins missed 25 games early in the season due to a suspension.2018
In many ways, Collins was the motor of a young Hawks team that had some growing pains throughout the 2018-19 season. While he missed time due to injury, Collins started 59 of the 61 games in which he appeared. His minutes shot up from his rookie campaign (he averaged exactly 30 per game) and he was more aggressive about getting involved offensively. Collins attempted 13.6 field goals per contest, including 2.6 three-pointers a game. He also almost doubled his free-throw attempts per contest while making 76.3 percent of his shots from the charity stripe. The Wake Forest product came tantalizingly close to averaging 20 and 10, as he put up 19.5 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. Collins particularly excelled at crashing the offensive boards, ranking 14th in total offensive rebounds despite missing 21 games. scored a season-high 35 points Jan. 23 against the Bulls, then equaled that mark 10 days later on Feb. 2 against the Suns -- adding 16 rebounds to boot. That effort was arguably the most impressive of the 32 double-doubles he racked up over the course of the campaign.2017
A first-round pick out of Wake Forest, Collins enjoyed a strong NBA debut campaign in 2017-18. The lanky power forward appeared in 74 games and picked up 26 starts, averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Atlanta eased the rookie in, giving him 22.2 minutes per night and four starts over his first 52 appearances. Collins took off thereafter, starting his next 22 games while seeing his playing time rise to 28.8 minutes per night. The 19-year-old posted some big performances, going for a season-high 21 points on two different occasions. He scored in double figures a total of 38 times. Collins also displayed promise on the glass, grabbing at least 10 rebounds on 17 separate occasions. He pulled down a season-high 16 boards in a loss to Toronto on Jan. 24. Thanks to that rebounding prowess, he posted an impressive 11 double-doubles. Defensively, Collins used his 6-foot-10 frame to block 1.6 shots per 36 minutes. He recorded a high of four blocks in a game five times and registered at least two in 19 contests.
June 22, 2017Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
July 1, 2017Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks