Atlanta Hawks: 3 legends John Collins needs to study

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So the Atlanta Hawks and John Collins finally came to a contract agreement during the offseason. Some might say it is a year too late, others may say it is a few million dollars too short but the important thing is that Collins is back in the fold.

As the Hawks’ longest-tenured player, it was important that the Hawks bought him back as it sends a message to the rest of the league. This message is that the Hawks are here to stay and are going to be a force to be reckoned with.

In order for that to be the case, they need an aggressive Collins in order to at least replicate the success that they enjoyed last season. His offensive rebounding, shooting, and rim protection when he is aggressive are all key areas to the success of the franchise.

The Atlanta Hawks frontcourt looks really good with John Collins starting.

The Hawks frontcourt has all the elements for success with Collins next to Clint Capela. The voice of Capela really helps Collins overcome his shortcomings with lateral movement which is his biggest issue on that end of the court. Collins is also a really good help defender when Capela is battling the opposing big man.

Capela, with his defensive rebounding, also allows Collins to work harder on the offensive end.  Without having to battle as hard in the defensive paint, Collins has the energy to bounce over the opposition big man on offensive rebounds, just ask Joel Embiid.

With all that in mind, let’s take a look at three legends for John Collins to study.