Atlanta Hawks Projected Starting Lineup for 2019-20 Season

De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish Atlanta Hawks (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Power Forward: John Collins

Who else but John the Baptist could start at power forward on day one for the Atlanta Hawks?

Sure, Vince Carter nabbed those duties last season as a 41-year-old, but that was only because Collins was suffering from an injury that caused him to miss over a dozen games to start the season.

When he return, the fit of JC and Trae Young with Kevin Huerter was alchemical and led to the team playing some exceptionally entertaining basketball as well as fundamentally sound and dazzlingly enjoyable offensive ball.

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Now, with Young and Huerter in their second seasons and a newly shorn Collins in his third, this young core, augmented by Hunter, Reddish, Bruno Fernando and a variety of solid veterans is likely aiming to make some noise in the lower reaches of the Eastern Conference in the 2019-20 season.

Collins is a bona fide scorer around the rim and his top-tier athleticism allows him to finish shots that many others would not even dare to attempt. Though he is hampered somewhat by his lack of length, Collins is truly one of the best vertical athletes in the entire NBA and that bounciness led to some of the most exhilarating dunks in the NBA over the course of his first two seasons:

With an improved supporting cast, expect yet another leap from Collins, who will be aiming to cement his place as one of the best young big men in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks in 2019-20.