Zach Collins showed the world that he was back after taking over the starting center positio when Jakob Poeltl was traded. Last year with the San Antonio Spurs, he produced at a high rate and even showed a real promise in his shooting ability.
There are not many big men out there that shoot at 37% or higher clip from behind the arc. With Zach entering a contract year, we can expect him to perform in order to maximize his next payday. The San Antonio Spurs won't be the only ones looking to sign him to a long-term deal.
1. The Washington Wizards
The Wizards are technically in a rebuild after trading away franchise star Bradley Beal. That being said, they have high-level offensive players who will be contributing right away in Jordan Poole and Kyle Kuzma. Even though they are projected to be a bottom lottery team, I expect they will look to shore up their big-man rotation this coming offseason. As it currently stands, they are lacking much depth outside of their starting five players.
Young big man Daniel Gafford is looking to show that he can be a staple of this team but the appeal of a floor-spacing big might be too tempting for Washington. There could also be certain situations where we see Collins and Gafford out there for stretches at a time. Zach Collins came into the NBA as a power forward and has enough ability to play there in specific lineups.
He could be a good contributor either with Daniel Gafford backing him up or playing together on the court. The Wizards are in a position to really flesh out the roster around a future top five draft pick.