Atlanta Hawks: 3 goals for John Collins in the 2021-22 season

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John Collins and the Atlanta Hawks are a true success story and a guide for how mid-to-late first-round draft picks can make a career for themselves in the NBA. Collins came into the league with his extreme athleticism and a tremendous work ethic.

Collins had a tremendous rookie season, averaging 10.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 24.1 minutes per game. He did not take many shots from beyond the arc, but he made 34.0 percent of them. This is a skill that he has been working on and if he keeps shooting them at around 40.0 percent, this is a tremendous benefit to the team.

In his second season, the Hawks drafted Trae Young and as a result, Collins became a much more effective player. Because Young is the future of the franchise, Collins formed a bond with the point guard and saw his numbers skyrocket.

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Collins believed that he was a max player after his third season. His numbers certainly suggested it as he averaged 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. The problem is that the team was not successful even with Collins averaging this double-double.

His numbers dipped slightly last season but with the addition of the number of quality veterans the Hawks added over the offseason, this was expected. What Collins was able to do was direct his aggression towards certain plays, making team-lifting moves over and over again. To put it simply, Collins was crucial to the success of the team last season.

Now, let’s look at three goals for John Collins in the 2021-22 season with the Atlanta Hawks.