With the 19th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, the Atlanta Hawks select, John Collins.
Despite some recent trade speculation, the Atlanta Hawks stayed pat and selected 19 in this year’s NBA Draft. The pick was used to select Wake Forest forward/center John Collins. Standing at 6’10” and 225 pounds, Collins will fill an obvious hole in the Atlanta Hawks frontcourt. Following Tuesday’s Dwight Howard trade and the impending free agency of Paul Millsap, Collins should see plenty of opportunities to showcase his talents in his rookie season.
Hawks General Manager Travis Schlenk let it be known that the Hawks would be drafting off the best available approach rather than need, however it seemed that this pick fulfilled both strategies. Most mock drafts had Collins going in the 13-18 range, making him one of the best talents available at pick No. 19.
During his sophomore campaign as a Demon Deacon, Collins posted averages of 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in only 26.6 minutes per game. Collins also exhibited remarkable offensive efficiency, shooting 62.2% from the floor on 11.4 attempts per game. While he tends to get labeled as a weak defender, Collins was able to block 1.6 shots per game.
Perhaps what stands out most is Collins tremendous athleticism. At the 2017 NBA Draft Combine, Collins showcased his 37.5” max vertical jump. This vertical was on full display in some of his pre-draft workouts, such as his CAA Sports Pro Day Workout.
Collins comes from a family with a military background. He was born in Layton, Utah before moving around and finally landing in West Palm Beach, Florida. Collins attended Cardinal Newman High School where he was named the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year his senior year.
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