Heading to the offseason, Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins has emerged as one of the most sought-after talents in the market as of late. Looking back, the Minnesota Timberwolves already tried their luck in landing him during the trade deadline back in late March. However, the Hawks decided to ride out the entire 2020-21 season with Collins which eventually paid off for them as they earned an Eastern Conference Finals stint before getting eliminated by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Despite their recent success, things would be different for the Atlanta-based squad as Collins is expected to demand a max contract extension to remain with the team next season. Set to become a restricted free agent in the offseason, many teams including the Timberwolves are expected to aggressively pursue Collins in a bid to advance their rebuilding efforts moving forward.
If Minnesota successfully acquires his services, he would definitely be a much-needed addition to the team’s shallow frontline unit currently being led by Karl-Anthony Towns.
Here are three reasons why the 23-year-old is the perfect partner for Karl-Anthony Towns:
1. John Collins can step out and hit threes in pick and pop situations.
Much like Towns, Collins also possesses a sweet shooting touch for a big man. In the 2020-21 season, he shot 55.6% from the field, 39.9% from beyond the arc, and a career-high 83.3% from the free-throw line in 63 games played.
His ability to shoot from distance will greatly benefit the Timberwolves as they now have two big men who can space the floor and serve as threats away from the basket. With this, their playmakers in D’Angelo Russell and Ricky Rubio can now choose to use a ball screen with Collins popping out or Towns rolling to the basket or vice versa.
Indeed, the versatility of Collins would definitely be an advantage for the Timberwolves as they can finally explore multiple offensive schemes which would allow them to score in many different ways.