Zach Collins has carved out a role in the Portland Trail Blazers’ rotation, which is a feat in itself for a rookie under head coach Terry Stotts. For the moment, anything Collins produces is welcomed given his label as a piece for the future.
In the present, Collins has only started one game while appearing in 55 of Portland’s 71 games so far. He’s not getting the kind of playing time most NBA All-Rookie Team players get, so Grant Hughes of Bleacher Report places him as an honorable mention in the “small roles, big winners” category:
OG Anunoby, Zach Collins, and Royce O’Neale are producing positive plus-minus figures for quality teams this season. And though their presence here is a prediction they won’t be rewarded with all-rookie spots, each deserves acknowledgement for solid role work in winning situations.
Anunoby started at the 3 for a significant chunk of the year in Toronto, Collins has closed several games for the surging Blazers and O’Neale has spent substantial time on the court during the Utah Jazz’s propulsive second-half surge. O’Neale has seen at least 15 minutes in every game since Jan. 20, a span in which Utah has gone 21-3.
Collins is averaging 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game this season.