Atlanta Hawks rookie big man John Collins has been a strong surprise for a team looking to rebuild their franchise after seven straight years of playoff appearances. The Hawks are aiming for a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft but Collins is proving to be a strong candidate for 2018 Rookie of the Year in what is expected to be a less than successful season. Unfortunately for Collins, he will be sidelined for a few weeks with a shoulder injury.
Following comes from Shams Charania of The Vertical.
Sources: Atlanta rookie John Collins has been diagnosed with a sprained AC joint in left shoulder — no tear — and is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks. He suffered injury Thursday night.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 1, 2017
The team also officially announced the news.
Atlanta Hawks forward/center John Collins suffered a left AC joint sprain during the fourth quarter of last night’s game vs. Cleveland. The injury was confirmed following an MRI today at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex. He’s expected to miss the next two-to-three weeks, and his status will be updated as appropriate.
John Collins is averaging 11.5 points on 59 percent shooting and 7.1 rebounds per game. Among all rookies, he’s first in field-goal percentage, third in rebounding, third in blocks and seventh in scoring.