Collins, Young Both Rank In ESPN's Top 50 Best Players In NBA

Young, Collins
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ESPN recently released their Top 100 NBA Players. Two young Hawks found themselves on that list, not only cracking the top 50, but also the top 30. John Collins was ranked 47 and Trae Young was found at 28! Here's what the people at ESPN had to say about JC & Trae:

Brian Windhorst on Collins and Trae YoungYoung running the high pick-and-roll with Collins is the new highlight factory in Atlanta, with Collins rolling to the rim to accept lobs from Young in traffic and slamming them down. We've devoted a lot of attention to Young, but Collins' role in the Hawks' machine is just as impressive. Just two years into the development program, Collins has blossomed into a future All-Star, averaging 19 points and 10 rebounds in his second season.

Kevin Arnovitz on Young: Young is a voracious scorer and offensive mastermind, but in his sophomore season he will need to address his greatest vulnerability: defense. His defensive real plus-minus of minus-4.74 in 2018-19 was the lowest rating for an NBA starter in five seasons. While rookies often struggle to grasp the physical demands and nuances of NBA defense, Young must get up to speed if he aspires to lead the Hawks to the kind of success his brilliant offensive gifts portend. 



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