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John Collins - PF/C, 6'10, 235
Atlanta Hawks - Drafted 19th overall in 2017
       Date of birth: 09/23/1997
       Country: USA
     Drafted (NBA): 19th pick, 2017
     Out of: Wake Forest
  NBA Experience: 0 years
  Hand: Right

2017 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 19th overall by Atlanta.
1st July, 2017 NBA Signed four year, $11,059,862 rookie scale contract with Atlanta. Included team options for 2019/20 and 2020/21.
When: Where:
2015 - 2017 Wake Forest (NCAA)
June 2017 - present Atlanta Hawks (NBA)
From blog:

   NBA Fantasy Preview - 27th October 2017

Collins has played five NBA games, scoring 5 points once, 13 points once, and 14 points three times. He is also averaging 7.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. This is tremendous value for so cheap.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 23rd October 2017

The rookie Collins has followed up enticing summer league and preseason campaigns with a strong start to his first NBA season, averaging 11.0 points, 6.7 rebounds, a steal and a block in the three games so far. Collins’s NBA-ready combination of size and athleticism, coupled with Atlanta’s commitment to giving him court time (and lack of other options) will see him continue to play steady minutes from here on out, so buy him low until his fantasy cost normalises.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 5th November 2017

Both of these two players have featured in this list multiple times before. They are productive, they are good value, and that’s the entire point of what we are doing here. But tonight, it will be extra good for these two. Bad for the team, but good overall. All three of Mike Muscala, Miles Plumlee and Ersan Ilyasova will miss the game, and between those five, that literally is the entirety of the Hawks’ big man depth. There are no others. Luke Babbitt will play some power forward and Prince might be bumped down a spot for a few minutes, but Collins and Dedmon are the only two remaining bigs. They will at least split the 48 centre minutes and will get some power forward time as well. They were already two good picks before. And they really are now.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 3rd November 2017

The oft-mentioned Collins is seeing his price increase, while his production is about the same. Nevertheless, averages of 10.9 points and 7.3 rebounds for that price are still very good value, if not what they were when he was nearer $6 million.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 6th November 2017

Dedmon and Collins were picked in yesterday’s list, due to the fact that injuries to the rest of the roster mandated that they would split all of the centre minutes. This, they did, and both produced: Dedmon scored 15 points with 7 rebounds, while Collins put up 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks and 1 assist. Notably, however, they did not take most of the power forward minutes. Instead, the hitherto little-used Luke Babbit not only got the start, but also played 41 minutes. Babbitt (who counts as a small forward in fantasy) is a largely one-dimensional jump shooting player, a very poor rebounder who does not handle the ball or post defensive statistics, and it is worth mentioning his 17 points came against the Cleveland Cavaliers, famously poor at defending the perimeter. This won’t happen again. But what might happen again is Babbitt starting, for none of the injured players seem likely to return tonight. He thus is a filthy cheap fantasy starter tonight.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 30th November 2017

To be honest, Collins was going to make this list anyway. He has been a fantasy steal all year, and has barely been slowed by a move from backup centre to starting power forward over the last three games. But he might make this list for a while yet in light of the news that regular starting centre Dewayne Dedmon will miss three to six weeks with a leg injury. Collins is now the only capable centre on the roster, and will start there in Dedmon’s absence. Still not a consistent pick-and-pop threat - although there are signs for the future in this area – Collins stands to benefit from playing once again as the free-roaming, rolling athletic big man throwing down big dunks and crashing the offensive glass in a four-out offence. The price has continued to go up, but not by enough to change anything.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 24th November 2017

Collins has not slowed down any, averaging 35.4 fantasy points over his last three games, remaining a hugely productive player per minutes both with his scoring and rebounding rates. At the position in which it is by far the hardest to find fantasy steals, Collins continues to be a brilliant one.

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   NBA Fantasy Preview - 15th November 2017

Also now listed as a centre in fantasy, Collins has not performed to his usual standards in the past two games, yet his season averages of 10.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game remain great value at this price. They are especially valuable now that he is a centre, a position at which value picks have been hitherto harder to come by, so always keep Collins in mind going forward.

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