The Atlanta Hawks appear to be set in its core with Trae Young setting the tone along with other young talents like John Collins, De’Andre Hunter, Kevin Huerter, and Cam Reddish.
When discussing his development as a player, Collins understands he can ‘always get better on defense’ but made it clear the ‘most important thing’ to improve going forward will be his playmaking.
“Obviously, I can always get better on defense, improve intensity, my willingness to be locked in and stay in a stance,” Collins said, via Sarah K. Spencer of The Atlanta Journal-Constition. “But I feel like playmaking [is the key] not only to create shots for myself but to create shots for others.”
Becoming more of a playmaker would certainly add to Collins’ overall value as a player. Teams will surely look to trap Young in pick-and-roll situations in future playoff situations, requiring a need for a short-roll presence. That’s where Collins would come into play.
There is still a need for Collins to improve defensively, as he noted. He displayed improvement this season but there is still room for growth particularly in areas like pick-and-roll coverage, on-ball defense against multiple positions, and areas of that nature.
Considering how Collins is going to be just 23-years-old in late-September, it’s fascinating to think about how much he still can grow as an overall player. The improvement in his jump shooting has already been intriguing to see and if he can continue his growth as a player.
The Hawks will soon need to decide what they’re willing to commit financially to Collins. He is seeking ‘max numbers’ on his next deal, so it will be intersting to see how that plays out.
During the 41 games John Collins appeared in before the NBA suspended the season, he averaged 21.6 points (583.% FG, 30.1% 3P, 80.0% FT), 10.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.6 blocks.
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