No Atlanta Hawks player has improved more this season than John Collins. Quite a statement considering how much Kevin Huerter and Trae Young have continued to improve this season.
Despite being in the middle of yet another losing season the Atlanta Hawks are fun to watch for the first time in nearly three years. This is thanks in no small part, to the way John Collins has been playing this season.
He has averaged 19.3 points per game and has collected 10.3 rebounds per game. This was highlighted by his recent 35-point performance against the Chicago Bulls.
A game in which he could have easily scored 40+ if not for having the lead in hand and Coach Lloyd Pierce allowing Collins to rest.
The way Collins has been playing this season makes him fun to watch and excites fans for the future to come. John’s high flying dunks are thrown down on an almost nightly basis. He attacks the rim without fear and is quickly becoming one of the best young players in the game.
What makes this even more exciting is the fact Collins is putting up these numbers on a bad roster with few true playmakers around him.
Another area John has improved has been in his long-range shooting. This will be a huge factor for Collins considering the direction the NBA is headed and how explosive he already is around the rim.
While he may have plenty of competition Collins could easily make a case for most improved player of the NBA season.
Collins has now cemented himself in the Hawks young core and will continue to improve in the seasons to come as the Hawks put a better roster around him.
The Hawks may be in the middle of another long season but this one is different. There is hope and optimism surrounding the Hawks again as their young core begins to fall into place with no player looking more important than John Collins.