Another day brings another report of the Chicago Bulls looking to add a new frontcourt player. According to Sean Deveney of Heavy, the Bulls are interested in Atlanta Hawks’ big man John Collins.
If a deal comes to fruition, Collins would fit nicely in with the Bulls’ core. But what would it take to land him?
For starters, the Bulls would have to include center Nikola Vucevic in trade talks right off the bat. Atlanta could also look for a younger high-upside player to come back in a potential deal too. The one player that comes to mind is Patrick Williams, but the Bulls have reportedly been hesitant to make him available in previous potential trade deals.
Though Collins is undersized at the five, his athleticism and high motor help compensate. The 24-year-old plays above the rim and has exceptional physicality. He also possesses a touch from beyond the arc, where he is a career 37% three-point shooter. With the right amount of playing time, Collins is a walking 20-10 type of big. He can get baskets in the paint and at the perimeter, all while being a defensive anchor as well.
Statistically, the 2019-20 season was John Collins’ best as he averaged 21.6 PPG, 10.1 RPG, 1.5 APG, and 1.6 BPG. He did this while shooting a career-high 40% from deep and 64% from two-point range. Collins also averaged a career-high in minutes per game at 33.2.
No doubt about it, Collins would be a great pickup for the Chicago Bulls. Though, as mentioned before, the Bulls may have to part with a hefty compensation package to land him. The Atlanta Hawks are a playoff team in the East and will be looking for a return that can help them stay competitive.
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