Sauce Castillo is cooking, Damyean Dotson is cruising and Iman Shumpert is still in the league - what should deep league owners make of some surprising performances?
October 21, 2018, 2:24 amZach CollinsF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins saw just 15 minutes of action on Saturday but contributed 11 points, five rebounds, one steal and two 3-pointers on 4-of-5 from the floor and 1-of-2 from the line.
Owners who were expecting a repeat of Collins' six block performance from last game are no doubt disappointed at the zero in that category, but the two triples and a steal soften the blow a bit. Collins is solidifying himself as a valuable piece in Portland's rotation in his second season, and deep league owners might want to take a shot on him for the potential contributions he can offer in blocks and 3-pointers.
October 13, 2018, 12:54 amZach CollinsC/F, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins started next to Jusuf Nurkic in Friday's preseason finale and was able to post 15 points, 10 rebounds, a 3-pointer, a steal and a block.
Collins went 7-of-10 from the field in 31 minutes and it's a look that the Blazers' staff would like to get a look at going forward. Collins will still do most of his work as the backup center but can be enough of a shooting threat to make defenses think twice about collapsing into the paint. He's got a fun stat set down the line but probably shouldn't be viewed as more than a top-200 guy this year. Nurkic went for 10 & 7 with a block in 17 minutes in a tune-up effort.
September 29, 2018, 9:42 pmMeyers LeonardC, Portland Trail Blazers
Meyers Leonard scored a team-high 16 points on 5-of-6 shooting in Saturday's loss to the Raptors.
Leonard hit three triples, one as part of an and-one. He's battling for a rotation spot this year and might actually get one with Portland so thin up front. His main competition tonight was nothing special — Caleb Swanigan picked up five points, eight boards and a block in 14 minutes while Zach Collins went 2-for-8 for four points and six rebounds in 19 minutes. Collins also got bullied by Greg Monroe a handful of times. If Jusuf Nurkic ever goes down the Blazers would be in some trouble.
September 24, 2018, 7:44 pmZach CollinsC/F, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins says he's ready to start, "I want to be a strong starter in this league. I think I'm ready for it."
This is interesting news for the Blazers as they announced that Moe Harkless won't be fully healthy for the start of training camp. That equates to an opening in the starting frontcourt and Collins is starting to box out the competition. If Harkless is still sidelined by the start of the season expect Terry Stotts to pick from Collins, Caleb Swanigan or Evan Turner as the starter alongside Al-Farouq Aminu.
Source: Jay Allen on Twitter
July 17, 2018, 12:58 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting with 12 rebounds, three assists and two blocks in Monday's 97-92 win over the Grizzlies.
Collins and teammate Caleb Swanigan are a powerful frontcourt for the Summer League tournament as evidenced by their combined 28 rebounds tonight. They head to the championship game against the Lakers where they'll try to bully their way to a Summer League first place finish.
July 15, 2018, 9:55 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting with eight rebounds, an assist and three blocks in Sunday's 95-80 win over the Celtics.
Collins wasn't playing against any stiff competition, but he's one of the more promising prospects on the Blazers roster. He looks comfortable out there and has the size and skill to take advantage of Summer League competition. There's also the bonus factor of his ability to stretch the floor and play decent defense, but with Jusuf Nurkic's four year extension, it'll be hard to find time for Collins.
July 10, 2018, 3:59 pmZach CollinsC/F, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's Summer League game against the Spurs
No reason for the Blazers to risk Collins health in a meaningless game. He will be a key part of the big man rotation this season after the Blazers let Ed Davis go in free agency.
Source: Casey Holdahl on Twitter
July 8, 2018, 6:58 pmZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins left Sunday's game against the Hawks with a right ankle injury.
Collins will probably not play in the remainder of the Summer League regardless of whether he can return or not. He has played solid defense so far in the Summer League and the Blazers will need him to step it up this season due to the departure of Ed Davis.
Source: Trail Blazers on Twitter
July 7, 2018, 5:28 pmZach CollinsC/F, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored five points on 2-of-12 shooting with seven rebounds, two assists and three blocks in Saturday's Summer League win over the Jazz.
Collins looked good at the end of last season and his minutes should be on the upswing. We'll have to see him make a move in the preseason before weighing in on his draft value.
July 4, 2018, 5:24 pmZach CollinsC/F, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins broke his nose at the end of Tuesday's practice when he bumped heads with Caleb Swanigan.
Collins is expected to play in Vegas Summer League and that seems a bit fast but regardless this doesn't appear to be serious. The second year player showed he could hang late last year and should be in the mix for a bigger role this season.
Source: Joe Freeman on Twitter
June 22, 2018, 8:26 pmZach CollinsC/F, Portland Trail Blazers
Blazers’ president Neil Olshey said Zach Collins will play at Summer League.
Collins showed flashes of a being productive player in his rookie season but spent a lot of time buried behind Jusuf Nurkic and Ed Davis on the depth chart. It’s tough to see him get much more than the 18.5 minutes per game he got over the last two weeks of the season, but much of that is contingent on what happens with Nurk who becomes a free agent on July 1.
Source: Sean Highkin on Twitter
April 18, 2018, 1:35 amZach CollinsPF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored 12 points on 5-of-11 shooting (including two threes) with five rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench in Tuesday's Game 2 loss to the Pelicans.
If the Blazers have any other big man screening at this point it's a bad offensive play. The Pelicans, like every playoff opponent facing this Portland squad, have rushed either big name guard and left the screener to beat them. The Blazers have opted to have guys like Ed Davis, Jusuf Nurkic and Al-Farouq Aminu get no attention while bringing their man over for double-teams, and it has predictably failed as the guards have been bottled up. With Collins that's not as easy as he can shoot, drive and score, and this isn't quite Scott Brooks territory circa OKC but it's getting close.
April 12, 2018, 2:41 amZach CollinsC, Portland Trail Blazers
Zach Collins scored two points and added four boards, one steal and one block in Wednesday's win over the Jazz.
Zach Collins finished up the season with top-400 value. It seems he's taken Meyers Leonard spot as an insignificant stretch-big who struggles with consistency. We'll see if the rookie can build off this season over the summer. Maybe he should get on Shabazz Napier's workout regimen.
March 31, 2018, 5:04 pmEd DavisPF/C, Portland Trail Blazers
Ed Davis has been diagnosed with a right ankle sprain and will be re-evaluated in 1-2 weeks.
Davis is one of Portland's most trusted bench players, though he's only a rebounding specialist in fantasy leagues. In his absence look for Zach Collins to pick up time and he has a stat set that warrants some attention in deep leagues. Meyers Leonard could also get back into the rotation regularly but needs to string some good games together before entering the circle of trust.
Source: NBC Sports Northwest on Twitter