Top Three Teams That Need Atlanta Hawks Star John Collins

Published 02/13/2021, 12:34 AM EST
Feb 1, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) grabs a rebound against the Los Angeles Lakers in the second quarter at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports


The Atlanta Hawks made a surprising decision in the off-season when they failed to extend John Collins’ contract. They could not come to an agreement after Collins rejected their $90 million extension. But this saga has taken a new turn now.

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According to Sam Amick from The Athletic, the Hawks are willing to listen to offers for Collins. They are bound to lose him for nothing in the off-season, which is why they want to cash in before that.

While teams could just snag him next season, contending teams require him now. Let’s look at three teams who need Collins right now.

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Boston Celtics

The Celtics desperately need help with their big man department. They currently have a rotation of Tristan Thompson, Daniel Theis, and Robert Williams, which is nowhere near championship quality.

Dec 23, 2020; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0), guard Jeff Teague (55), and guard Jaylen Brown (7) celebrate after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half at the TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

Adding Collins, who is an All-Star caliber player, will be a tremendous boost. That will move Thompson to the bench, and having a player like him off the bench will be great, as he can lead the young unit.

Dallas Mavericks

The Mavericks have Kristaps Porzingis, who is one of the elite big men in the league. But he has struggled with rebounding, and he hasn’t had any support either.

This has led to Mavs having the third-worst rebounding record in the league. Their rim protection has also been underwhelming.

Feb 12, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) and center Kristaps Porzingis (6) celebrate during the second half against the New Orleans Pelicansat American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

This is where Collins comes in, and he could help them go from a good team to a contending team. Collins is hungry for playoff action, and he will be one of the best third stars in the league.

Miami Heat

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Similar to the Mavs, the Heat have an All-Star big man in Bam Adebayo, but no one to support him. The loss of Jae Crowder has been tough for them, and they haven’t replaced him well.

This is why they are the worst rebounding team in the league and also the worst at blocking.

Jan 23, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic (7) dribbles the ball as center Bam Adebayo (13) runs a pick against Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (middle) during the second half at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Having a player like Collins would be beneficial for them as he offers rebounding, rim protection, and floor spacing as well. He is the perfect player for them right now, and they should offer whatever they can to the Atlanta Hawks to bring him to South Beach.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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