Neil Rochlani and Dan Besbris take a VERY early look at next year's betting futures, before turning to the Blazers Post-Mortem and, finally, some fantasy ramifications of the Anthony Davis deal.
October 12, 2019, 10:30 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored 16 points on 5-of-11 shooting to go with seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in Saturday's loss to the Suns.
Collins got plenty of minutes tonight backing up Hassan Whiteside, making the most of the opportunity. He did a little bit of everything and showed great versatility playing both PF and C tonight. Skal Labissiere will cut into his minutes pushing Collins to play more PF.
October 11, 2019, 12:20 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists, a steal and two blocks in Thursday's 104-68 win over Maccabi Haifa.
Collins has always had an intriguing stat set and tonight's competition wasn't stiff, but it showed that he has the ability to contribute across the board. Jusuf Nurkic (knee) is going to his time to get back into shape and Hassan Whiteside isn't going to log 30 minutes per-game so Collins is a guy worth taking a flier on in the late rounds.
October 9, 2019, 1:42 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins may have played a team-high 24 minutes on Tuesday in a 105-94 win over the Nuggets, but his production left a lot to be desired as he managed just 10 points, six rebounds and nothing else.
Collins has plenty of potential to be a blocks-and-threes stud, but so far he's had plenty of games like this where he just doesn't fill up the box score. The opportunity is there this season with quite a few frontcourt players having departed Portland. Collins is worth a late pick if his profile fits your needs. Hassan Whiteside played just 12 minutes, providing seven points and four rebounds, but the star big man tonight was Skal Labissiere with a 10-point, 12-board double-double in just 17 minutes. He's unlikely to repeat this feat even once this season.
October 7, 2019, 4:14 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (left middle finger) returned to practice on Monday.
Though there's still no update on whether he'll play in Tuesday's preseason game, it's good to see Collins back on the court after he's dealt with a pair of injuries this summer. As the frontrunner to start at power forward, Collins is a late-round flier option if you're hunting for blocks.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
October 4, 2019, 8:45 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins did not practice on Friday due to a middle finger injury.
The good news is that there are no indications that he is being hampered by the grade 2 ankle sprain he suffered over a couple of months ago. The Blazers are likely being cautious with their potential starting power forward. He is the favourite to start and likely to be picked in the second half of standard-league drafts due to his shot-blocking ability.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
September 24, 2019, 2:08 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
The Blazers have exercised the fourth-year option on Zach Collins and the third-year option for Anfernee Simons on Tuesday.
These were no-brainer calls for the Blazers as the two are going to see bigger workloads this season. Collins, in particular, is a popular breakout candidate as he is looking like the likely starting PF for the team. He is an excellent target for the later rounds of drafts.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
August 21, 2019, 5:25 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) began daily contact workouts on Monday and is on pace to head into training camp fully healthy.
Collins is heading into what could be a breakout season as he is likely to start at the power forward position. In the 2019 playoffs, the Gonzaga product blocked a shot in 11 of the 16 games including three games in which he blocked three, four and five respectively. Collins has averaged around 33% from distance throughout his career which is exactly what he shot in the postseason (7-21). If he is able to improve from long range and plays starters minutes, Collins is a can't-miss player. It's far from a guarantee though as the 21-year-old has never finished with standard-league value. It does seem like Collins will be ready for training camp barring a major setback.
Source: The Athletic
July 31, 2019, 6:21 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins sustained a Grade 2 sprain in his right ankle as well as a torn ligament but did not require surgery.
Collins suffered the injury a couple weeks ago while training in Las Vegas. He is expected to recover by the start of training camp. Expect the Blazers to be cautious with Collins as they are already lean in the frontcourt as Jusuf Nurkić will start the season on the shelf.
Source: Dwight Jaynes on Twitter
July 28, 2019, 2:23 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
According to Jamie Hudson of NBC Sports Northwest, Portland is leaning towards starting Zach Collins at power forward next season.
Hassan Whiteside will likely start at the center position with Jusuf Nurkic still recovering from his fractured left leg. With Enes Kanter, Al-Farouq Aminu and Moe Harkless all moving elsewhere, the power forward position is wide open. If he can carve out a consistent role, possible 25-30 minutes per game, then he could be an incredible value pick in the late rounds of drafts.
Source: NBC Sports Northwest
May 21, 2019, 5:10 pmZach CollinsF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins said, "I've always wanted to be the guy and be a starter," and that he absolutely sees himself as a starter next season.
With Al-Farouq Aminu and Enes Kanter entering free agency and Jusuf Nurkic coming back from a season-ending injury, there are some openings in the lineup come next season. Collins put up 6.7 points, 4.1 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in just 17.5 minutes per game this season and showed he could be a productive player if given the time. With Meyers Leonard going ballistic against the Warriors, there will be some competition even if the Blazers don't bring anyone else in.
Source: Jay Allen on Twitter
May 12, 2019, 6:54 pmZach CollinsF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins chipped in seven points on 2-of-6 shooting with five rebounds, one assist, one 3-pointer and four blocks in Sunday's Game 7 win over the Nuggets.
Collins led the Blazers reserves with 23 minutes in this one. Al-Farouq Aminu was off his game and had only three points and three rebounds in seven minutes as a starter. Collins, at 20 years of age, is still considered to be a bit raw overall but his ability to his threes could prove to be useful should the Blazers opt to use him as a stretch five vs. the Warriors in the Western Conference finals.
May 10, 2019, 1:32 amZach CollinsF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins shot 4-for-8 from the field for 14 points with four boards, one assist, one steal, five blocks and one three-pointer in 28 minutes off the bench in a 119-108 win to force a Game 7 with the Nuggets.
Collins did a little bit of everything yet again on Thursday, including five monster blocks to set the tone in the paint. With Jusuf Nurkic out for the series, Collins has stepped in nicely and keeps the Blazers afloat with their frontcourt depth. Game 7 will be on Sunday in Denver.
May 8, 2019, 1:10 amZach CollinsF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored 14 points on 5-of-10 field goals in 21 minutes in Tuesday's Game 5 blowout loss to the Nuggets.
Collins played mostly after the game had been effectively decided. He flashed some strong defense, sweet shooting and feistiness as he often does. With Jusuf Nurkic likely looking at an absence that stretches into next season, Collins could be an intriguing fantasy pick once Fall rolls around.
The Blazers defied expectations all year long and now need to find some flexibility