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.
Grabs another double-double
FAtlanta Hawks
January 20, 2019
Collins scored 15 points (5-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding 11 rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes during Saturday's 113-105 loss to the Celtics.
The second-year big is enjoying a strong start to 2019, averaging 19.6 points, 10.2 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.1 three-pointers over his last nine games while racking up five double-doubles in his last seven contests. Collins has emerged this season as a key piece in the Hawks' rebuild, and rather than fading, he seems to be picking up the pace heading into the second half.
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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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Cleared to play
FAtlanta Hawks
January 19, 2019
Collins (illness) will play Saturday against the Celtics, Kevin Chouinard of the Hawks' official site reports.
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Probable vs. Celtics
FAtlanta Hawks
January 19, 2019
Collins has been upgraded to probable for Saturday's game against Boston, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Dealing with illness
FAtlanta Hawks
January 18, 2019
Collins is questionable for Saturday's game against the Celtics due to an illness.
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Excellent shooting in win
FAtlanta Hawks
January 15, 2019
Collins finished with 26 points (12-14 FG, 2-3 FT), five rebounds and two assists in 28 minutes Tuesday against Oklahoma City.
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Deemed available
FAtlanta Hawks
January 15, 2019
Collins (ankle) is available Tuesday against the Thunder, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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