We’re still in that part of the offseason where not much noise is being made. Of course, we still have the excitement of NBA2K19 releasing next month, and ratings are still dropping.
So far there have not been any wild, questionable ratings. On the Hawks’ side, Trae Young is the only player that has had his rating released. An 85 is solid for Young as his improvement throughout the season couldn’t go unnoticed. On Sunday, 2K announced John Collins rating, and it was around the same ballpark as Young’s.
Collins received an 84, after ending the 2K19 season with an 84 as well. He started 2K19 with a 79, and with his major improvement through the season he got a bump into the low 80s? Is this a solid rating for Collins? Let’s dive in.
Compared to peers
If you don’t know by now, John Collins was quite under the radar this season. That may be due to him being on Hawks, or it’s just so many people at his position that are better than him.
To simplify things, let’s look at his draft class. Jayson Tatum received an 85 this year, after averaging 15 points and having a lackluster season with the Boston Celtics. Kyle Kuzma received an 84 this year after averaging 18 points for the Lakers.
Already it looks like 2K hasn’t done something right. Collins respectively had a better season than both players, averaging 19 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks. Either 2K is saying that Tatum is better than advertised, or Collins and Kuzma will continue to be underrated.
An evolved game
In Collins’ rookie season, you could say there wasn’t one thing that stuck out in his game. He was mostly known for running the court, grabbing rebounds, and dunking.
In his second season, we saw a more complete player on the court. Collins developed a decent jumpshot that should be now taken serious by defenders. Speaking of his jumpshot, he’s expanded his range to the 3-point line, where he shot 35 percent last season.
His offensive efficiency improved with his craftiness around the basket. He also averaged nine rebounds compared to seven from his rookie season. Coach Pierce’s system allowed Collins to play more into his game and be an integral part of the team. Does that 85 rating backup all of this? Only time will tell.
Oh, he can get UP!
John Collins throws it off the glass! He's literally dunking E V E R Y T H I N G!!!
It’s one thing that 2K has to take in account for when it comes to Collins rating, and it’s his dunk. Collins has been a dunking machine since coming into the league, and it got even nastier this past season.
When you have a passer like Trae Young, there’s no doubt you’ll be seeing dunks from all over the place. Collins was rewarded for his dunk package by being selected into the dunk contest for All-Star Weekend.
His vertical and dunk should be the highest ratings on his player this season, which probably helped his overall to be an 84.
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