The Atlanta Hawks are having a mini-surge at the moment, winning four out of their last five games. During that time, John Collins has shown why he is going to be a top-five free agent this offseason.
In the five games, Collins had two double-doubles and two 30 point games which the Hawks really needed. He was even able to help keep the undermanned Hawks in the Milwaukee Bucks game when both Clint Capela and Trae Young were out.
He has shown that he is capable of generating offense for himself and others. When he does this, the Hawks look really dangerous. His ability to drive and either shoot the ball or draw the defense and make a pass to an open teammate at 6’9″ is a highly coveted skill.
The Atlanta Hawks are benefitting from John Collins honing his craft.
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Collins has always been a good scorer and rebounder. He got into the NBA on these talents and as shown over the past few seasons, is improving those particular attributes of his game. He is also a constant lob-threat when he is on the court.
However, where Collins has increased his trade value this season is by starting to shoot, and make more 3-point shots. No longer can his defender cheat off Collins when he is on the perimeter as he is really starting to punish the opposition.
Against the Milwaukee Bucks, Collins set his new career-high with six 3-point makes. If he can continue to develop that over the coming month then his value is going to soar. However, he has also produced another career-high which is going to push his value even higher.
Collins had another career-high this month. Against the LA Clippers Collins blocked five shots which is a really solid night. He is showing that when he is paired with the right type of center, he has the potential to be special when it comes to rim protection.
While there is still the potential to keep Collins, because he wants max money and is one of the top free agents, trading him when he is setting career highs is the best time. The Hawks have just over a month to make this decision.