Sounds like enough.
The continued development of his 3-point shot has been a major point of emphasis for Collins during the offseason. You see, it hasn’t been all fun and games.
In two seasons at Wake Forest, Collins attempted one 3-pointer. For the record, he missed. As an NBA rookie, he made 34 percent from behind the arc by making 16 of 47 attempts.
“I think it’s paying off,” Collins said. “I’m going to have confidence shooting my shot.”
Collins said building chemistry with teammates, including three first-round draft picks, is another goal. Though he didn’t need to play for the Hawks’ entries in the Utah Jazz and Las Vegas summer leagues, Collins noted at the time he was there to get to know the new additions. There will be a lot more time for that over an 82-game NBA season.
Much of the offseason has been spent learning the new systems of first-year coach Lloyd Pierce. The Hawks and Mike Budenholzer moved on from each other after last season. With a new coach, comes a new learning curve. While not specific, Collins said it will be about more than new terminology.
“The system coach LP has is a little different,” Collins said. “Every coach isn’t going to be the same. There are some similarities. It’s just about learning to terms and new phrases. Not every coach uses the same terminology.
“He does want different stuff in the offense. I’m going to play a different way.”
Collins appeared in 74 games for the Hawks last season. He averaged 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds in 24.1 minutes. While he won’t turn 21 until September, much will be expected of Collins as the Hawks continue to rebuild with young players. 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.