John Collins (basketball)
John Martin Collins III (born September 23, 1997) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Collins at the Pentagon in 2019
|No. 20 – Atlanta Hawks|
|Born||September 23, 1997|
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||234 lb (106 kg)|
|High school||Cardinal Newman|
(West Palm Beach, Florida)
|College||Wake Forest (2015–2017)|
|NBA draft||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 19th overall|
|Selected by the Atlanta Hawks|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Collins was born in Layton, Utah. He attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida. While at Newman, Collins was a three-time letter winner and was named the Florida Class 4A Player of the Year his senior year. On November 13, 2014, he signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Wake Forest.
Collins appeared in all 31 of his team's game during his freshman year. He led the team in field goal accuracy at 54.7%. As a starter his sophomore year, Collins led the team in scoring with 19.2 points per game. His performance earned him recognition as the ACC Most Improved Player and he was named first-team all-ACC. After the season Collins entered the 2017 NBA Draft, forgoing his final two years of eligibility.
On June 22, 2017, Collins was selected with the nineteenth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks. On July 1, 2017, he signed a rookie-scaled deal with the Hawks.  During the 2017 NBA Summer League, he earned All-Summer League First Team honors due to his performances with the Hawks, which gave him averages of 15.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game in 23.1 minutes of action in the five games he played there. His highlight play was him dunking on Pelicans center Cheick Diallo. Collins later saw action in all five preseason games for the Hawks, coming off the bench with per game averages of 7.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 19.2 minutes.
On October 22, 2017, in his third ever NBA game, Collins recorded his first career double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds in a 116–104 loss to the Brooklyn Nets. He followed it up the very next night with another double-double performance against the Miami Heat, getting 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 104–93 loss.
Due to an injury to Luke Babbitt, Collins played 36 minutes and scored a career high 21 points in a 96–85 losing effort to the San Antonio Spurs on November 20, 2017. With Babbitt still sidelined, Collins drew his first career start two days later against the Los Angeles Clippers. Although the Hawks ended up losing 116–103, he impressed with 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals in a career high 38 minutes. Late in the November 30 loss against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Collins suffered a shoulder injury and was expected to be out for 2 to 3 weeks. He made his return on December 14 to play the Detroit Pistons, missing a total of six games.
By the trade deadline on February 8, 2018, the Hawks had a losing record of 17-37. With the postseason out of reach, Collins saw an increase in minutes and made his fifth start of the season on February 14 in a rematch with the Pistons. Other than two missed games in March due to an ankle injury, he started for the Hawks the rest of the season. Although Atlanta managed just 24 wins, Collins had a solid rookie campaign, averaging 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds on 57.6% shooting with 11 double-doubles. On May 22, 2018, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
On January 23, 2019, John Collins recorded a career high 35 points in a 121-101 win over the Chicago Bulls. On April 10, 2019, John Collins scored 20 points and recorded a career-high 25 rebounds in a 135-134 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the Hawks' season finale.
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
John's parents are John Collins Jr. and Lyria Rissing-Collins. His father served in Navy and his mother was in the Air Force. As a result, the family moved a lot during Collins' youth, spending time in the Virgin Islands, Guam and Turkey.
- "Wake Forest Signs Three to Letters of Intent". wakeforestsports.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "Wake Forest Bio". wakeforestsports.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017.
- "ACC ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM, POSTSEASON AWARDS". theacc.com. Archived from the original on 6 March 2017. Retrieved 9 March 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Associated Press. "Wake's John Collins to remain in NBA draft". USAToday.com. Retrieved 18 April 2017.
- "Atlanta Hawks Sign John Collins". NBA.com. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
- "Donovan Mitchell, Ben Simmons lead 2017-18 NBA All-Rookie first team". NBA.com. May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
- "Hawks' John Collins: Career-high 35 points in win". CBSSports.com. January 23, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- "Hawks' John Collins: Grabs 25 rebounds in finale". CBSSports.com. April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
- Johns, Les (27 January 2017). "Mother and mentor guide John Collins' path to success". Scout.com. Retrieved 9 March 2017.