Atlanta Hawks: Where does John Collins rank amongst top-10 active power forwards

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Atlanta Hawks: John Collins comes in above Domantas Sabonis who is No. 7.

While Domantas Sabonis is a very impressive player. He has produced max-type numbers in the past two seasons but has yet to take his team to any great heights. This is in spite of the fact that the Pacers have always had a really solid squad.

This was not always the case with Sabonis who really struggled in his rookie season. His then head coach, Billy Donovan, tried to turn him into a stretch-four. The problem was that Sabonis only took 14 shots from beyond the arc in his college career which did not set him up well for this role in the hardest league in the world.

This problem has continued into his fifth season in the league. Sabonis is a 32.1 percent shooter from distance on only 1.3 shot attempts per game. He is not able to stretch the defense in the same way that Collins can and this has a severe impact on his team.

On top of that Sabonis does not have the same athleticism as Collins. This does not allow him to be as good a rim protector which is problematic. One area that Sabonis is certainly better than Collins is passing, but that is to be expected seeing as Arvydas Sabonis is the best passing big the game has seen.