John Collins aims for bold objective with Hawks
Coming into the 2019-20 season, the Atlanta Hawks were widely considered as one of the dark horses in the East to make a playoff push. Obviously that did not come to be, with the Hawks entering the season hiatus with a 20-47 record, just above the last-place Cleveland Cavaliers. For Hawks big man John Collins, however, he still believes that despite their poor performance this term, Atlanta still holds a lot of potential.
In the mind of the promising 22-year-old, making the playoffs should be a constant objective for this team moving forward.
“This is just to me, with the roster moves, with the experience that we have gained and are going to gain over the summer, and chemistry,” Collins said, via Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I keep on hearing us being talked about as a fringe playoff team (for next season), and I just want to start pushing our team and our discussion in the mental spaces of people as a playoff contender every year.”
Judging by how they played this season, the Hawks are still a ways away from becoming a legitimate playoff contender in the East. Then again, the rapid development of their young core — led by sophomore sensation Trae Young — is certainly something that will help this team move towards the right direction.
The Hawks also acquired Clint Capela in February, who has yet to play a single game for the team due to a lingering heel issue. The 25-year-old center could be a game-changer for Atlanta, and it will be interesting to see how this new-look team will fare in the upcoming season.