News coming out of the NBA Office this morning is not good for the Atlanta Hawks and more importantly third-year forward John Collins. The league confirms that Collins tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2. Collins stated in a message to ESPN just moments ago “He didn’t know the supplement contained an illegal component.”
Although, the trade felt anti-climatic in a way. The Lakers have long been enamored with Anthony Davis, and they were finally able to land him after a tumultuous trade deadline. As a result, the Pelicans acquired some of the most intriguing young talents the league has to offer in the form of Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram.
It is hard to have a time frame on when a player is showing you something more than they did the previous season or previous game. Second-year Atlanta Hawks Forward John Collins has done just that with his play in his sophomore season. His hard work and improvements haven’t gone unnoticed as he was selected to take part in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge Game and made his debut in the Slam Dunk Contest as part of the All-Star weekend.
NBA Summer League is not only a proving ground for potential prospects looking to make a roster, but it is also the first step for many young rookies to becoming acclimated to the pace and physicality of the league. So as we are just one week into the July festivities, let’s take a look at which future NBA talents have performed the best and what their potential NBA ceiling is.