Collins enjoyed extended run off the bench and parlayed it into his best scoring total since Dec. 14. The second-year big also equaled a season high in rebounds, making it a highly productive all-around night when also factoring in his work as a facilitator and on defense. Collins' production continues to fluctuate, but he's shown considerable improvement as a shooter compared to his rookie season (49.1 percent success rate this season, compared to 39.8 percent in 2017-18). That's naturally led to better offensive production (7.3 points, compared to 4.4 last season), and Collins has notably also upped his rebounds from 3.3 per contest last season to 4.4 during the current campaign.
Collins found his way to a second double-digit scoring effort over the last three games with another strong shooting performance. The 21-year-old has drained nine of 14 attempts during that pair of contests, and he's checked off every box on the stat sheet in three straight. His numbers remain a bit hard to trust night to night due to some ups and downs in his usage on the offensive end, but Collins remains a deep-league option and DFS punt play.
Collins had 16 points (6-8 FG, 1-2 3Pt 3-4 FT), four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block in 21 minutes during Friday's 128-122 victory over the Raptors.
Collins had his highest scoring game since late-October, dropping 16 points in 21 minutes. The Trail Blazers bench was hot down the stretch which gave a number of players some additional playing time. This was just the second time in his last 17 games that Collins has scored in double-figures and so he can be left alone in standard formats.
Collins had 10 points (3-6 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-4 FT), and nine rebounds in 26 minutes during Thursday's 116-105 victory over the Clippers.
Collins played 26 minutes Thursday, three more than starter Jusuf Nurkic. Despite the playing time, Collins was only able to produce 10 points to go with nine rebounds. While this looks good on the surface, it does make the third consecutive game without a blocked shot. His early season value was based around blocks and high field-goal percentages. If he is not doing either of those, he is going to be limited to deeper formats moving forward.
Coach Terry Stotts split the playing time just about evenly between starter Jusuf Nurkic (25 minutes) and Collins, with the latter turning in the less eye-popping stat line of the two. Nurkic doesn't seem in danger of losing out of the top job at the position, but his occasionally up-and-down play should pave the way for Collins to at least see minutes in the high teens throughout the season. Collins was a remarkably efficient producer through the Blazers' first seven games with averages of 11.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.4 assists and 0.9 three-pointers in only 21.9 minutes, but he's fallen below almost all of those marks in the last four contests while turning the ball over eight times. Despite the recent struggles, Collins' well-rounded production makes him a useful depth piece outside of shallow formats, and he would likely warrant ownership in just about every league if Nurkic were to miss time with injury at any point.
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