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Atlanta Hawks big man John Collins opens as Rookie of the Year long shot

The odds aren’t in Collins’ favor for a big-time award but he’s getting some respect.

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Atlanta Hawks rookie John Collins was a tremendously productive college player. At Wake Forest, Collins averaged nearly 20 points and 10 rebounds per game while playing less than 27 minutes and, in short, his efficient was off the charts.

That, in a vacuum, might lead some to believe that Collins could be a darkhorse candidate for NBA Rookie of the Year and, at least according to, he could be just that. Collins was one of only 12 rookies listed with odds from the offshore bookmaker, as he sits at 20-1 to take home the honor.

It should be noted that Collins, even in the midst of Atlanta’s roster overhaul, isn’t guaranteed playing time in the way that many top-tier picks are. There is certainly a scenario in which he plays real minutes but, in the same breath, Collins doesn’t boast the type of shooting range or defensive versatility that would ease the transition in today’s NBA.

Still, he is capable of scoring in bunches and grabbing a lot of rebounds and, in the end, awards like ROY often come down to numbers.

Here is the full list:

Lonzo Ball 5/2

Ben Simmons 3/1

Markelle Fultz 5/1

De”Aaron Fox 7/1

Josh Jackson 9/1

Jayson Tatum 9/1

Jonathan Isaac 16/1

Malik Monk 16/1

Dennis Smith 16/1

John Collins 20/1

Justin Jackson 22/1

Lauri Markkanen 22/1