The All-Star starters have been announced, and it looks like they got everything right with the selections. Fan votes have been interesting this year, with Derrick Rose and Luka Doncic headlining the votes. For the Atlanta Hawks, Vince Carter and Jeremy Lin were popular votes to start in the game. Carter had a big turnout because this may be his last season, and Lin has a big following from his fans from China. It’s not hard to get the starters wrong, but the most difficult part is naming the reserves, where many players have been called out as being snubbed in past years. This year, John Collins has been putting up impressive numbers and shouldn’t be ignored.
Good numbers in short time
Collins missed most of the first part of the season, and he was brought on slowly into the rotation. It was unsure if he would be rusty coming back, or if he would pick up where he left off in the Summer League. It didn’t take long for that answer after a couple games and what he was doing with limited minutes. Collins started racking up double-doubles, and it became a normal thing for him. What makes Collins’ numbers even better is how efficient he’s been. There aren’t many, if any, front court players in the Eastern Conference producing like Collins.
Not much competition
If you look at the race for front court All-Star reserves, there is not much competition to choose from. Two players that come to mind that have had good seasons so far is Nikola Vucevic and Blake Griffin. Vucevic is averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds and has been the best player on the Orlando Magic. Vucevic does it all for Orlando, shooting a solid 38 percent from 3 and 51 percent from the field. Griffin may be having one of the best seasons of his career, and is trying to push the Pistons into the playoff picture. Collins is putting up around the same numbers as both players, so he should definitely be considered for a reserve if they are.
Impressive second year
Not many players make a sophomore stride like Collins has. He’s been playing the best out of his entire rookie class last season. Rookie of the year candidates Jayson Tatum and Donovan Mitchell have taken a slight decline after their impressive rookie seasons. It looks like Collins has taken over the throne this season. For a second-year player having the chance to make it to the All-Star game is impressive, and Collins has a good chance of doing so.
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