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John Collins Is Still Trae Young’s Best Teammate

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Whenever a player has their first good season, there’s always questions if they can still produce at that level. That was the case for John Collins. I was wondering if his numbers would dip or continue to increase as teams would start to gameplan against him. So far, he is around the same numbers as he had last year, with some minor changes here and there.

John Collins Stats

John Collins is averaging 17.5 PPG on 50.2% shooting, 9.5 RPG, and a whopping 2.1 BPG. His blocks really standout here because last year he was only averaging 0.6 BPG and he’s increased that almost 4x that. It seems he has made that category more of a priority this season. He also is the Hawks’ leading rebounder while almost averaging a double-double. His PPG and FG% have taken a dip from last year. That is expected now that teams have had time to gameplan against him. He went from 19.5 to 17.5 and 56% to 50%. While it isn’t a considerable change, it is still noteworthy.

All in all, even though the Hawks suck, John Collins is promising for the Hawks. I can only see him and Traw Young continuing to get better as their careers go on. I mean we already knew that Trae Young was destined for stardom. I was excited for this duo coming into the season, what I failed to realize is that the other young pieces may not progress like these two studs. As the Hawks are looming to have another draft pick, it is crucial to their success to get a two-way stud to help the Hawks bad defense but also to relive Trae Young and John Collins from scoring all the time. Really they just need game-changing talent to help Young and Collins. So they should draft the best player available. The Hawks have these two as their cornerpieces, it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

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