Atlanta Hawks: How much should John Collins’ contract be worth?

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Determining Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins’ contract value: The forward’s efficiency puts him among NBA’s elite

Collins was one of 22 players to average at least 17.0 points and 7.0 boards per game last season. But he was one of the most efficient to do it, checking in third among the group in third in effective field goal percentage (eFG), and fifth in true shooting percentage (TS). Collins was also fifth in three-point percentage and sixth in field-goal percentage.

His numbers over his first few seasons put him in some pretty exclusive company.

He’s one of just seven active players to average 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks over his first four seasons.

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From his second season (his first as a full-time starter) on, Collins averaged 19.3 points and 9.0 rebounds. That makes him one of five active players to do that, joining Joel Embiid, Anthony Davis, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Demarcus Cousins.

Collins is also just the 26th player in league history to average those numbers and, once again, is one of the most efficient. He’s first in eFG%, second in TS%, and third in efficiency both from the floor and beyond the arc. This is among a group of players that includes Shaquille O’Neal, Charles Barkley, and many other Hall of Fame bigs.

That’s not to say Collins is as good as those guys, but his numbers sure have been.

The only thing possibly casting doubt is the actual monetary value to put on it which, again, largely depends on the Hawks and their financial future.