Tra-Deon Hollins – 2018-19 G-League Player Profile
June 20th, 2019

Tra-Deon Hollins

PG – 6’2, 195lbs – Born 22nd August 1995

   Fort Wayne Mad Ants   

Hollins returned to the Mad Ants to begin this season, having played 41 games with them in 2017/18 in his first professional season out of Omaha. Last year, he was a bench player averaging 4.0 points, 4.5 assists and 2.1 steals per game, yet in an expanded role in 30 games this season, Hollins upped those numbers to 7.3 points, 7.9 assists, 2.5 steals and 0.5 blocks per game. He is a rather unique type of point guard; a slightly undersized player with decent quickness who pushes at every opportunity, and who is very unselfish, in large part because he sorely lacks for a jump shot of his own. Hollins also has excellent steals numbers, and while steals are not in themselves precise indicators of good defensive impact or not, they are always a good sign of effort, and Hollins puts it out there on that end. There is some passing lane defence, to be sure, but also good hands he always holds up, good reaches when helping onto big men, and a good understanding of where the next pass will be thrown. Offensively, pair him with some good shooters and a big man to run pick-and-roll/pop with, and he can find them. It is a limited yet rare package that helps a team in its own ways. It is a shame however that Hollins was waived after 30 games due to what the Journal Gazette reported as being failed drug tests. Je’Lon Hornbeak survived his suspension and stayed on the Mad Ants roster, but Hollins didn’t, and whatever the reasons behind that were, he has not the G-League job security to be risking it.

– 20th June, 2019

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