John Collins was born into a family determined to serve their homeland and influenced the way he was raised and nurtured. He is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Atlanta Hawks in the National Basketball Association. His position on the court is the power forward. We will discuss who he is, what he does, and some facts you may want to know about him.
Who Is John Collins?
There are a few people who carry that name, John Collins, and just like some of them, this John Collins has done quite well. He was born on September 23, 1997, in Layton, Utah, the son of a military couple. His parents are John Collins Jr. and Lyria Rising-Collins.
His father served in the Navy while his mother was in the Air Force. Collins attended Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida, and he was a three-time mail winner. In his senior year, he was also named Florida Class 4A Player of the Year.
When the time came to make a decision about college, Collins chose Wake Forest. In his first year at Wake Forest, he played in all 31 games on his team and led the field goal accuracy with 54.7%. After showing up in 31 games and starting only one of them, he ended up averaging 7.3 points, 0.2 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. In his second year, his sophomore year, he set a team record of 19.2 points per game.
He also averaged 0.5 assists and 9.8 rebounds per game. At the end of this second year, Collins was honored with the nomination of ACC Most Improved Player and ACC All-ACC for the first team.
After two years of college basketball, Collins signed up for the 2017 NBA Draft and was eventually placed 19th by the Atlanta Hawks. Collins participated in the 2017 Summer League and was honored for his achievements in the All-Summer League First Team. In the five games he played, Collins averaged 15.4 points in 23.1 minutes of play, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists per game. More action in the preseason came with appearances in all five games of the Hawks with an average of 7.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 0.6 assists per game in 19.2 minutes.
In a 116-104 defeat to the Brooklyn Nets, he recorded his first double-double in his career with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Another double-double followed in quick succession when he scored 14 points and 11 rebounds in a 104:93 defeat against Miami Heat the next evening. On November 20, 2017, he scored a career-high of 21 points in a game against the San Antonio Spurs, and two days later he made his first career start against the Los Angeles Clippers. In this game, he scored 14 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals.
Collins was injured twice in this impressive season. First, a shoulder injury and then an ankle problem, which caused him to miss a total of eight games. He finished the season with an average of 10.5 points and 7.3 rebounds, 57.6% shooting, and 11 double-doubles. Collins was also appointed to the second NBA All-Rookie team.
Facts You Need To Know About John Collins
Frequent relocations are an unavoidable part of the military. At the age of only one year, Collins’ family was separated when his father was sent to Washington for service while the newborn Collins was in Utah with his mother. When he was three years old, his mother moved with him to Turkey on special orders. When the September 11, 2001 attacks occurred, Collins was sent to his family in the Virgin Islands. The family then reunited in Washington, where they lived for about 9 years before he moved with his mother to Florida after his parents’ divorce. Young Collins visited countries such as Cyprus, Greece, and France because of his mother’s military job.
Before the 2017 NBA Draft, Forbes predicted that John Collins could sign a two-year contract worth $4,236,000, and they were almost spot on. Per Spotrac, Collins earned a base salary of just over $2.2 million in the 2018/2019 season.
According to his player profile on the official NBA website, John Collins is 1.80 m tall and weighs 235 lb.
Collins has named some players that he liked to watch during his childhood. Among others, he named Dwayne Wade and Kobe Bryant.
Collins has revealed that even though he is 5’8″ tall, he always felt as if he had not grown in winter, but in the summer months as he grew up.