Zach Collins
Zach Collins
22-Year-Old CenterC
Portland Trail Blazers
GTD
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 6/15/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $6.69 million contract with the Trail Blazers in July of 2017. Trail Blazers exercised $4.24 million team option for 2019-20 in October of 2018. Trail Blazers exercised $5.41 million team option for 2020-21 in September of 2019.
Personal Bio

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 .

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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.

'On right track' with rehab
CPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
April 30, 2020
Collins said in a recent interview that he's "on the right track" with his recovery from left shoulder surgery and noted that he hasn't experienced any setbacks in his rehab, Chris Burkhardt of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
ANALYSIS
Before the NBA suspended its season March 12 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Collins had been eyeing a potential return during the postseason. Because teams haven't been holding practices during the shutdown, Collins hasn't had the opportunity to test out his shoulder in full-contact drills on the court, but he's likely to do so at some point in May, when clubs are expected to reopen their facilities. If Collins checks out well during his initial workouts, he could be ready to contribute whenever the season resumes.
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2018

The 2018-19 season marked Collins' second in the NBA. He set per-game career highs in minutes (17.6), points (6.6) and rebounds (4.2). He also managed career highs in efficiency from all areas of the court, sporting a 47.3 field-goal percentage, 33.1 three-point percentage and 74.6 free-throw percentage. Collins recorded a career-high six blocks during a 128-119 victory over the Lakers on Oct. 18. He scored a career-high 18 points during a 116-89 victory over the Grizzlies on Apr. 3. October was Collins' best month of the season, and he averaged 11.1 points on 65.1 percent shooting, 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.4 assists in 21.9 minutes during the seven games. He also had arguably the best game of his career Oct. 25 during a 128-114 win over the Magic. Collins posted 17 points without missing any shots, plus six rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block across 18 minutes. The Trail Blazers made it to the Western Conference Finals, and Collins appeared in 16 games, averaging 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. His best postseason performance was during a 11-point win over the Nuggets, posting 14 points, five blocks, four rebounds, one assist and one steal in 29 minutes.

2017

Collins, the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, served as a reserve post player for the Trail Blazers in his rookie campaign. He appeared in 66 games, picking up one start, and averaged 15.8 minutes per contest. The Gonzaga product finished with 4.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game. Known as a capable floor spacer in college, Collins continued to stretch the floor in the pros, averaging 1.7 three-point attempts per game and shooting 31.0 percent from beyond the arc. He shot 45.5 percent from two-point range and 64.3 percent from the free-throw line. Collins scored a season-high 15 points against the Clippers on March 30, shooting 7-of-10 in that contest. He scored 12 points in two other games, shooting an effective 5-of-6 from the field in both outings. The 6-foot-11 Collins twice recorded 10 rebounds in a game, and he recorded a season-high three blocks against Houston on Dec. 9. His personal best in steals was also three, which he posted Dec. 11 against Golden State.

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Transaction History
  • June 22, 2017
    Drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 1st round (10th pick) of the 2017 NBA Draft. Traded to the Portland Trail Blazers for Harry Giles and Justin Jackson.
  • July 4, 2017
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Portland Trail Blazers
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2017
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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Still not ready for full clearance
CPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
March 15, 2020
Coach Terry Stotts said Monday that while Collins (shoulder) has resumed on-court work, the big man is "not even close to being ready for a full practice," Dwight Jaynes of NBC Sports Northwest reports.
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Tracking toward March return
CPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
January 20, 2020
Collins (shoulder) said last week that he remains optimistic he'll be cleared to play shortly after being re-evaluated in early March, Jamie Goldberg of The Oregonian reports. "There's always going to be that feeling, that competitive itch, you always want to play," Collins said. "Not being able to play sucks, but I'm just trying to make the most of it. Hopefully, I get back out there soon."
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Intends to return in 2019-20
CPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
November 12, 2019
Collins (shoulder) said Monday that it's "very realistic" he'll be able to play again this season, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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To be re-evaluated in four months
CPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
November 5, 2019
Collins underwent surgery on his left labrum and will be re-evaluated in four months, Casey Holdahl of the Trail Blazers' official site reports.
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Heading for shoulder surgery
CPortland Trail Blazers
Shoulder
November 2, 2019
Collins will undergo surgery to address his dislocated left shoulder, Jason Quick of The Athletic reports.
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