With John Collins nearing a return from his PED suspension, soon the NBA's best pick-and-roll duo will be back on the floor together.
At least that's what Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce believes. Pierce told reporters Tuesday that he believes Trae Young and Collins make the best pick-and-roll pair, a statement that will no doubt raise some eyebrows across the NBA.
Of course, Young and Collins have plenty of competition for the best pick-and-roll duo in the NBA. LeBron James and Anthony Davis would top most observers' list of the most dangerous pair. They might be the best young duo in the league, though there are also a few pairings league-wide that would probably have something to say about that.
That said, Pierce is not an objective party. He's being tasked with upping the confidence of perhaps the NBA's most disappointing team. Atlanta goes into Tuesday night with the same record as the New York Knicks (6-21) despite being a fashionable pick to make the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Collins' suspension has played a part in the Hawks' struggles, though they were just 2-3 with him in the lineup. His return will give Atlanta Young's most natural offensive partner, a major boost for a young guard who's looked frustrated as the losses pile up.
Who knows? Maybe getting Collins back will allow the young duo to start proving their coach right.