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John Collins
John Collins
Position: F
Born: 09/23/97
Height: 6-10 / 2.08
Weight:235 lbs. / 106.6 kg.
Salary: $2,299,080
While there, Collins participated in Basketball Without Borders, helping some of the continent’s best young players with various drills and techniques on how to improve as players. He also participated in Habitat for Humanity and helped build 10 homes for families in South Africa. That trip changed Collins’ view of his life in the United States. “We have a lot more advantages given to us that we take for granted here,” Collins told The Athletic. “I realized that a little bit more when I came back. I think it changed my perspective on a lot of things.”
Collins said he has worked on his 3-point shooting consistently since the end of the season. The coaches have told him not to mess with the form of his shot but instead just let the stroke come naturally to him. From the work he has put in this offseason, Collins believes it has paid off behind the arc, and he expects to shoot more 3s this season with his added confidence. “I’ve always been comfortable shooting the 3,” Collins said. “It’s just always been a matter of getting game reps and actually shooting the ball with some confidence. If I do that, I think I’ll make shots. I have proven that my stroke is good enough for me to get the ball there, so now it’s just a matter of me loading up, shooting with confidence and seeing the ball go in the net. I can only get better from there.”
The Hawks had three first-round draft picks this year. They could have three more next year. By then, heck, Collins will be a veteran. And the Hawks want him around. Owner Tony Ressler spoke at the Hawks event about the number of significant improvements the Hawks have made off the court – arena renovations, practice facility and G League franchise. The goal is an NBA championship. Keeping players like Collins in the fold is the key to success. “A player like John Collins is not going to stay with a team if it’s a second-tier franchise,” Ressler said.
Born in a military family with parents each serving for more than 20 years, Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins grew up well-journeyed while living in countries such as Guam and Turkey, shaping his worldview at an early age. Now, he has put another stop on his map. “Although I travelled a lot, this is my first time in Africa,” the second-year forward told ESPN ahead of the NBA Africa Game in Pretoria, South Africa, on Saturday. “I think I only have one more continent left, which is Antarctica,” he laughed.
2 months ago via ESPN
In the days leading up to the game, Collins and the other NBA players have been attending Basketball Without Borders Africa to work with 78 young basketball players from 29 African countries to improve their skillset. It’s a role that is new but quite exciting to him. “I’ve never really been in a position like this so it’s kind of my first time coaching and being a mentor.” Collins said. “I have fun interacting with them. Even with the language barrier I still feel like we connect.”
2 months ago via ESPN