Collins drew the start at power forward with Al-Farouq Aminu getting the night off for rest. The 2017 first-round pick took advantage of the opportunity, leading the Blazers in rebounds for the night and posting a preseason-high scoring total. Collins will open the season as a reserve once again, but he's provided some reason for optimism with his summer league and preseason play as his sophomore pro campaign approaches.
The fact that Collins had more turnovers (five) and fouls (five) than points and rebounds sums up his overall performance. The 2017 first-round pick enjoyed a solid summer league stint, and the Blazers will hope he can carry over the momentum into his second season after averaging 4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds across 15.8 minutes during his rookie campaign.
Collins finished with 13 points (5-11 FG, 3-4 FT), 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 28 minutes during Monday's 97-92 summer league victory over Memphis.
Collins, along with Caleb Swanigan, dominated the glass in Monday's summer league semi-final victory over the Grizzlies. He continues to put up nice production without standing out from the crowd as he lays the foundation for more minutes in his second season. Portland will be hoping he can further develop his skillset in the lead up to the regular season which could garner him some additional playing time.
Collins had 11 points (5-9 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 1-1 FT), eight rebounds, three blocks and one assist in 24 minutes during Sunday's 95-80 summer league victory over Boston.
Collins was solid without being spectacular Sunday, coming within two rebounds of a double-double while adding three blocked shots. Ed Davis moved on to the Nets which should afford some additional playing time for Collins. Jusuf Nurkic is established at the starting center but Collins has a skillset more conducive to the modern game and will hopefully wrestle some playing time away from Nurkic as the season progresses.
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