Zach Collins

Zach Collins

24-Year-Old CenterC
San Antonio Spurs
Out
Injury Foot
Est. Return 12/31/2021
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Injuries have plagued Collins' career and have stunted his development. Since being drafted 10th overall in 2017, he's appeared in only 154 games (12 starts). He missed all of last season with an ankle injury, and he re-fractured his surgically repaired left foot this June. Despite the issues, the Spurs signed the 23-year-old to a three-year, $22 million contract. It doesn't seem likely Collins will be ready for the start of this season due to his foot, and an official timetable for his return has yet to be established. Once he's ready to play, he could be the first center off the bench and may have opportunities to play power forward. While Collins hasn't been able to live up to expectations, he projects as a modern three-and-D center. He can be safely avoided in redraft leagues this season given his unclear health status and role, but Collins still makes for a decent flier in dynasty leagues since it's clear at least one team has belief in him. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $22 million deal with the Spurs in August of 2021.
Personal Bio/PreCareer Summary

Zach Collins, son of Heather and Michael, was born in 1997 in Las Vegas. Michael had played one year of college basketball at New Mexico State. Collins spent four years at Bishop Gorman High School, helping his team to four consecutive State Championships. In his senior season, he averaged 17.3 points and 14 rebounds and take home the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year Award for his efforts. Collins participated in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game, scoring nine points while adding six rebounds and three assists. He opted to attend Gonzaga over Utah, Cal, New Mexico and San Diego State. You can follow Zach Collins on Twitter @Zcollins_33 and on Instagram @Zachcollins_33 . A highly regarded recruit out of high school, Collins spent just one collegiate season at Gonzaga. He'd go on to average 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 17.3 minutes per game. An All-West Coast Conference Second Team selection, Collins scored in double-digits in 20 of 39 contests. He was also named to the WCC All-Freshman Team. Collins led the conference in both field goal percentage and blocked shots. In the Final Four against South Carolina, he racked up 14 points, 13 boards and six blocks to help Gonzaga advance to the National Championship against North Carolina.

Won't be back before Christmas
CSan Antonio Spurs
Foot
October 2, 2021
Collins (foot) will not make his season debut before Christmas, Tom Osborn of the San Antonio Express-News reports.
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Collins re-fractured his foot in June. While his timetable is still relatively unclear, we at least know now that he won't be back before Christmas. Collins is avoidable in almost all redraft leagues, though it's hard to dissuade fantasy managers in very deep leagues from taking a last-round gamble.
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Collins' 2019-20 season was largely derailed by shoulder and ankle injuries, which limited him to 11 games. The 2017 10th overall pick still averaged a career-high 26.4 minutes, putting up career-best averages in points (7.0), rebounds (6.3) and assists (1.5) while shooting 47.1 percent, including 36.8 percent from three-point range. The Trail Blazers will return much of the same first unit as last season in the 2020-21 campaign, with the addition of Robert Covington in place of Trevor Ariza the one exception. For the time being, Collins projects for a return to the starting power-forward role with Carmelo Anthony likely his primary backup. However, given that the big man shares the floor with the high-usage duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, Collins appears to be destined for plenty of single-digit scoring tallies with solid per-minute production in rebounds. Also, Collins could potentially make serviceable contributions in steals and blocks over a usage likely to max out in the mid-20s minutes-wise most nights.
With Jusuf Nurkic expected to miss a significant portion of the 2019-20 season after undergoing surgery to repair compound fractures in his left leg, Collins was in line to operate as the leader of Portland's frontcourt. This offseason, however, the Trail Blazers elected to trade for big man Hassan Whiteside, which leaves Collins' role murky heading into his third NBA season. Collins saw an increase in production across the board in his second season, averaging 6.6 points and 4.2 rebounds across 17.6 minutes. He also found more accuracy in his jump shot, as his three-point percentage jumped from 31.0 percent to 33.1 percent on a similar number of attempts. This helped his true shooting percentage get a huge boost last season, as he went from 47.5 percent as a rookie to an impressive 56.2 percent. Collins' growth is heading in a positive direction, but with Whiteside's presence in the rotation, Collins could end up playing a similar role to that he played alongside Enes Kanter down the final stretch of last year's regular season and playoffs. Conversely, given that Collins showed huge improvement as a floor spacer last season and that Portland lost a lot of its frontcourt depth from last season, it is very possible that the two could, and may have to, co-exist on the floor together. While there's real risk involved in drafting Collins, it's hard to argue against taking a late-round flier on the improving big man on the chance he gets real minutes at power forward.
Collins’ rookie season numbers (4.4 points and 3.3 rebounds) were nothing to write home about for a first-round pick, but given the players ahead of him in the frontcourt, it’s not necessarily surprising he was eased into action to the tune of a modest 15.8 minutes per contest. The seven-footer then had a chance to get some extra development time in the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 23.7 minutes across six games despite dealing with a broken nose and an ankle sprain. Looking ahead to the coming season, Collins still has an uphill battle for playing time due to the presence of Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu ahead of him on the depth chart. However, given his potential and first-round pedigree, the Trail Blazers are likely to prioritize Collins’ playing time over that of veteran Meyers Leonard, who presently slots alongside him behind Nurkic.
Selected with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Collins joins the Trail Blazers as an athletic big man with great size at 6-foot-11. He's also a capable floor spacer, which is especially important in today's NBA landscape, shooting 65 percent from the field and 47 percent from the three-point line in his lone season at Gonzaga. However, plenty of questions arise when looking at his college production. Collins played in a smaller conference with Gonzaga and also averaged just 17.2 minutes per contest, so he'll likely be a little behind in his transition to playing against some of the best players in the world. That could mean a developmental year is in store for Collins, which should keep him off the radar in the majority of Fantasy formats. The Trail Blazers already have a new and improved Jusuf Nurkic at center, so at best, Collins could settle into a backup role if he demonstrates during training camp and the preseason that he can play against NBA talent. Still, he'll likely be stuck with just a few spot minutes, battling with the likes of Ed Davis and Noah Vonleh for playing time off the bench.
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Headed to San Antonio
CFree Agent
Foot
August 2, 2021
Collins (foot) has agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal with the Spurs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
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Becomes unrestricted free agent
CPortland Trail Blazers
Foot
July 16, 2021
Collins (foot) will not be extended a qualifying offer by the Trail Blazers, making him an unrestricted free agent, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
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Re-fractures foot
CPortland Trail Blazers
Foot
June 29, 2021
Collins recently re-fractured his surgically repaired left foot, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
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Out for finale
CPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
May 15, 2021
Collins (ankle) remains out for Sunday's regular-season finale against the Nuggets, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Still out Saturday
CPortland Trail Blazers
Ankle
April 10, 2021
Collins (ankle) will remain out for Saturday's game against the Pistons, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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