John Collins
John Collins
22-Year-Old ForwardF
Atlanta Hawks  NBA  
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.
Personal Bio

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_.

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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.

Cleared to play
FAtlanta Hawks
March 11, 2020
Collins (ankle) will play Wednesday against the Knicks.
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No surprise here, as Collins was listed as probable with his status never appearing to be in much jeopardy. Collins is coming off of a 28-point, 11-rebound effort in Monday's 143-138 win over Charlotte.
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2019

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.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round (19th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft.
  • July 1, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Atlanta Hawks
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
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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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Probable with ankle soreness
FAtlanta Hawks
Ankle
March 10, 2020
Collins is expected to play Wednesday against the Knicks despite dealing with a sore left ankle, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Scores 28 against Hornets
FAtlanta Hawks
March 9, 2020
Collins finished with 28 points (12-13 FG, 4-8 FT), 11 boards and two blocks in 46 minutes during Monday's 143-138 double-overtime win over the Hornets.
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Off injury report
FAtlanta Hawks
March 9, 2020
Collins (thigh) is no longer on the injury report ahead of Monday's game against Charlotte.
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Probable for Monday
FAtlanta Hawks
Thigh
March 8, 2020
Collins is considered probable for Monday's game against Charlotte due to a bruised right thigh, Chris Kirschner of The Athletic reports.
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Strong effort despite loss
FAtlanta Hawks
March 8, 2020
Collins contributed 27 points (9-16 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 6-7 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 39 minutes during Saturday's 118-101 loss at Memphis.
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