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Austin Hollins - SG, 6'4, 190
Signed in Europe - Signed with Karhu Kauhajoki in Finland
       Date of birth: 11/08/1991
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): Undrafted, 2014
     Out of: Minnesota
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
2nd August, 2014 France Signed a one year contract with Denain ASC Voltaire.
18th July, 2015 France Signed another one year contract with Denain.
17th July, 2016 Finland Signed a one year contract with Karhu Kauhajoki.
When: Where:
2010 - 2014 Minnesota (NCAA)
August 2014 - June 2015 Denain (France, ProB)
July 2015 Brooklyn Nets (Summer League)
July 2015 - June 2016 Denain (France, ProB)
July 2016 - present Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland)
From blog:


   Wildly Unnecessarily Lengthy 2014 NBA Draft Board, Part 2: NCAA Shooting Guards
2014-06-17

Probably a layup, but I would prefer it if this was instead the world's most casual rebounding technique.


Austin Hollins, Minnesota, Senior, 6'4 190lbs

2013/14 stats: 33.1 mpg, 12.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.0 spg, 0.5 bpg, 1.8 fpg, 1.6 TOpg, 44.5% FG, 34.6% 3PT, 77.1% FT


Playing alongside his namesake Andre at Minnesota, Lionel's son had to shoulder more of an offensive burden as a senior than perhaps best suited him. The Golden Gophers were suitably short of offense that Hollins's 12.4 points per game actually led the team, yet being a leading scorer is not what Hollins is good at. Hollins does not create like a primary offensive creator, nor does he have the tools for being so. He has neither the explosive foot speed, nor the intricate handle, nor the jump shot to be so. What he is is a solid combo guard and role player.

Hollins is a good athlete with a long wingspan who is fairly consistent in his production and effort, but who lacks stand-out offensive skill. He can hit a few three pointers, but without the greatest natural rhythm or a high volume of looks, Hollins's jump shot is only an occasional weapon, one shot better off the catch than off the dribble. Despite his decent wingspan and athleticism, Hollins is not much of a slasher, favouring the jump shot and never proving consistently able to get to the rim when defended man to man.

However, the fact that Hollins was never a go-to player should not discredit the value he brought as a role player. With decent tools, timely scoring, good extra passing, unselfishness and enough of a shot to be a threat, Hollins had subtle but key benefits to the Golden Gopher's offense, and was also a decent and consistent defensive player, despite often having to defend wings much bigger than he. Hollins led the team to an NIT championship, the best all-around player on the team who always took on the challenge, even when he was ill-suited for it.

To make the higher levels of the European game, Hollins will have to improve some facet of his game so that it is a discernible strength, something on which he can hang his hat. That facet will likely be the shot. If he can up his percentages and also add more shooting outside of just catching and raising up, he could be a role player at a high standard of professional basketball.

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   2015 NBA Summer League Rosters - Brooklyn
2015-07-04

Lionel's son is here after spending the first season of his professional career in the French second division with Denain. For Denain, Hollins averaged 8.5 points in 17.9 minutes, shooting 40.3% from three point range, whilst also making three pointers be the vast majority of his offense. From last year's seniors list;

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The uptick to a 40% three point shooting mark sounds like a good start towards that. But going from a bench role in the French second division to the NBA is a huge ask, no matter who you're related to. Hollins still needs to prove he can be a volume three point shooter.

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Signed elsewhere in Europe


 
 
 


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