First and primary, congratulations to John Collins on being drafted 19th universal by the Atlanta Hawks final night! I can be slightest biased, but I think the Hawks got an absolute thieve in JC at 19. Having a player drafted inside the first spherical who is going directly to do high-quality matters in the NBA may be notable for college call recognition and recruiting, so Collins can continue to assist the Deacs despite the fact that he’s no longer carrying the black and gold. So now that’s he on an NBA team, what can we expect to look from him subsequent season?
From what I can see, the Hawks have began a rebuilding method. Atlanta ought to potentially lose loose marketers Ersan Ilyasova, Kris Humphries, Mike Muscala, and Paul Millsap, who currently declined his participant option to emerge as a unfastened agent, from the the front court docket of remaining year’s squad. The Hawks additionally recently traded Dwight Howard to the Hornets for Miles Plumlee and Marco Belinelli. I don’t know what will manifest in free business enterprise, but the Hawks could probably be very skinny (present day roster consists of simply Miles Plumlee inside) in the front courtroom subsequent season. Basically, the factor right here is that John Collins ought to absolutely get masses of mins next 12 months.
The correct factor for Collins is that the Hawks do return a completely solid younger point protect in Dennis Schröder. Last season, Schröder averaged almost 18 factors and a little over 6 assists in line with recreation. He is a extraordinary select and roll point guard, attacking the defense and forcing them to commit earlier than finding out to score himself or sell off the ball off to the open man. Since evidently Schröder is the man the Hawks have decided to construct round (he signed a four-12 months, $70 million extension at the begin of final season), Atlanta’s offense will almost sincerely run exclusively through him next season. That approach Collins will probably do lots more display screen placing and rolling/popping than posting up. With his vertical and athleticism, Collins ought to really be a chance on the roll. If the taking pictures capacity we noticed in his workout routines translates into games, Collins would be a completely versatile display screen setter wherein the defense doesn’t understand if he goes to roll for a dunk or pop for a jump shot.
Outside of the pick and roll, the Hawks also utilized some iso-fashion post up plays for Paul Millsap, who had a 24.4% usage fee closing season. While Collins is surely now not but the NBA player that Millsap is, optimistically the Hawks allow him a few comparable possibilities within the post.
The one disadvantage of the Hawks lack of depth inner is on the protecting facet of the courtroom. Collins’ modern weakness on the protecting aspect of the ball may be plenty harder to hide without a man like Howard or Millsap at the back of him to assist in the paint. It won’t be very hard for groups to isolate and take gain of Collins in the put up or the pick and roll, that could sincerely be a problem to Hawks’ teach Mike Budenholzer giving him a massive amount of playing time. Budenholzer is generally pretty proper at getting his groups to play defense (Hawks had been ninth in opp. Ppg and tied for 1st in opp. FG% final season), which ought to clearly assist Collins develop his capacity to shield.
All in all, Atlanta is a solid area for Collins to land. He ought to get plenty of gambling time subsequent season, and he gets to play for a brilliant train in Budenzholzer (Spurs assistant from 1996-2013) who likes to move the ball round that allows you to get smooth shots (some would possibly known as it “Spurs like”). I can’t wait to see what Collins does at the subsequent stage and could genuinely be rooting for him in every sport he isn’t gambling my Hornets.