In the 2017 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks took a step in their future by drafting Power Forward John Collins from Wake Forest. Although many Hawks fans were unaware of the potential Collins would bring to a Hawks roster that lost veterans Dwight Howard, Paul Millsap, and Tim Hardaway Jr. via trades and Free Agency, True Believers could only hope that the 2017 Draft Class could show potential in the Summer League….. And there’s one player in particular that gave Atlanta fans a bit of excitement, none other than John Collins!
Did you ever think on Draft Night that John Collins would’ve made a first impression this soon in his NBA Career? Collins was one of the stars of the NBA Summer League averaging (15.4) Points Per Game, (9.2) Rebounds Per Game,and 1.0 assist in 23.0 minutes (.593 FG%, tops among all players with at least 50 FGA). He was also second in Player Efficiency Rating (32.5), recorded two double-doubles and finished plus-36 in the five contests .
Collins is just another piece to watch for the future Atlanta Hawks roster with Point Guard Dennis Schroeder and Small Forward Taurean Prince in the starting lineup. In a Summer League Interview, the rookie sensation stated “I wanted to prove that I should’ve went higher. Not to say I’m not happy with the spot I’ve fallen. I’ve fallen to a great spot, a great organization, the fans love me. I have a great opportunity here, which I’m blessed for. But I want to show everybody, I feel like I should have gone number 1. Maybe that isn’t realistic. But I want to prove to everybody that I should have went higher. I’ve been overlooked most of my career. So I’m kind of happy, because it gives me that same energy, that same fear and drive.”
If he continues to play with that mindset, John Collins is destined for a bright future in the NBA. He comes from a first class basketball program in Wake Forest and he’s eager to be an Atlanta Hawk.