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

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Atlanta Hawks goal for John Collins No. 2) Bring energy to the court all the time

When Collins brings everything to the court the Atlanta Hawks are a different team. If he is not on, then his defense is a step slow and he is not getting to the defensive rebounds. Luckily, last season the Hawks had Clint Capela to clean up most of the rebounds, leading the league in this category.

At the other end, if Collins was down on confidence, he would go missing. He would pass up shots even though he was wide open and did not get to the offensive glass at all. This means that his major advantage, his athleticism, is neutralized by his inactivity.

When Collins brings the energy he becomes much more aggressive towards the hoop. Defensively he becomes an incredible weak-side shot-blocker and rebounds over other players. Offensively, Collins also becomes a totally different proposition to stop.

When he brings the energy he shoots the ball with greater confidence, especially from beyond the arc. He also starts to drive more to the hoop which opens up the floor for himself and gives him the ability to create for others.

However, where he becomes the most dangerous is around the hoop. He is almost unstoppable on the alley-oop and when he times his move on the offensive board he can change the momentum of the team in a single second, just ask Joel Embiid.