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Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan rave about John Collins

John Collins

The L.A. Clippers frontcourt duo of Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan have been thoroughly impressed with rookie bog man John Collins and the strides he’s taken to become the starting power forward of the Atlanta Hawks.

The No. 19 overall pick in this year’s draft has shown plenty of athleticism during his stint in the Summer League, and his promise hasn’t changed when playing the big boys during the regular season.

“I like his game a lot,” said Griffin, according to ESPN’s Eric Yeboah. “I’ve watched him play this season. Physically he’s ready. He plays the game the right way. He does exactly what I’m assuming he’s supposed to do within their offense. He’s got a super high ceiling.”

Collins’ high-flying dunks and motor around the rim has earned him the confidence of coach Mike Budenholzer and of his own teammates in the wake of Paul Millsap’s departure — likely setting himself to hold the keys to that position for the long run.

“I like him a lot,” said Jordan, echoing his teammate’s thoughts on the rookie. “He’s physical, long and very good rebounder. He’s active around the rim and dunks everything. He just need to keep working. He has a great coach in Budenholzer. They put him in spots he can be successful. I like him a ton.”

The Clippers recently snapped their nine-game losing streak against the Hawks on Wednesday and Griffin, who led the game in scoring with 26 points, dropping a cool triple-double on the effort also dropped some advice for the up-and-coming star.

“I told him to keep working,” said Griffin. “He’s going to be a beast.”