John Collins
John Collins
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. 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. Hawks exercised $4.14 million team option for 2020-21 in October of 2019.
Goes for 26 points
FAtlanta Hawks
February 26, 2020
Collins notched 26 points (11-19 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 35 minutes during Wednesday's 130-120 loss to the Magic.
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Collins only has one double-double in his last six outings, but he has topped the 20-point mark five times during that stretch while also hitting multiple three-pointers in each of his last three games. The former first-round pick has been Atlanta's second-best scoring option behind Trae Young, and has delivered solid value since returning from a 25-game suspension earlier this season. He has six double-doubles in 11 February contests.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Posts 21 points in loss
FAtlanta Hawks
February 24, 2020
Collins collected 21 points (9-16 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), nine rebounds, two steals and one assist across 39 minutes in Monday's 129-112 loss to the Sixers.
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Grabs 17 boards in win
FAtlanta Hawks
February 23, 2020
Collins went for 35 points (13-18 FG, 3-3 3Pt, 6-9 FT), 17 rebounds, two assists, two blocks and one steal in 37 minutes during Saturday's 111-107 win over the Mavericks.
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Scores 12 points in victory
FAtlanta Hawks
February 20, 2020
Collins contributed 12 points (5-9 FG, 2-2 FT), seven rebounds, three blocks, two steals and one assist in 30 minutes during Thursday's win over the Heat.
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Hits for 23 in loss to Cavs
FAtlanta Hawks
February 12, 2020
Collins scored 23 points (9-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 4-4 FT) while adding four rebounds, three assists, a steal and a block in 34 minutes during Wednesday's 127-105 loss to the Cavaliers.
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Logs 32 points, 16 boards
FAtlanta Hawks
February 9, 2020
Collins contributed 32 points (12-19 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 7-9 FT), 16 rebounds, three assists and one block in 50 minutes during Sunday's 140-135 double-overtime win against the Knicks.
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