Though the 2017-18 season for the Atlanta Hawks was not the most enjoyable one in recent memory, it still held plenty of intrigue – leading to a fascinating offseason that has already seen plenty of discussion about Coach Bud remaining (or not) with the team in the future.
The team itself had some enjoyable moments, but in the end they were running at a talent deficit at almost every position, which will hopefully be remedied via free agency and/or the 2018 NBA draft – where the team will have 4 picks within the top 33 selections.
General Manager Travis Schlenk has already proven himself to be an excellent judge of talent, as the team snagged a steal with the 19th overall pick in the draft by selecting John Collins out of Wake Forest.
JC (or as his nickname entails, John the Baptist) joined the Hawks and immediately made an impression with his stunning athleticism and propensity for exploding to the rim for thunderous, high-flying slam dunks.
Throughout his first season in the NBA, JC showcased his immense vertical by skying for putback dunks, soaring through the air for alley-oops or even fighting with defenders for offensive rebounds then coming up strong for two-handed slams in traffic.
Collins’s dunking ability was one of the main reasons to watch this Hawks team, as he delivered numerous highlights on a night-to-night basis for this team that was lacking for highlight plays all year.
We’ve pieced together a list of the most impressive dunks of John Collins first season in the NBA. His entire first season was terrific and should have him in the conversation for first team All-Rookie, but this list is limited solely to slams.