Forward - John Collins (Atlanta Hawks)
John Collins' efforts have been huge for the Atlanta Hawks' good start to the 2020-21 NBA season. The 23-year-old is clearly the second-best player on the Atlanta Hawks' roster, and he continues to show progress year by year.
Collins' year has been solid. He averages 17 points and seven rebounds per game. He should improve those stats (averaged 22 and 10 last year), especially because he has struggled from the 3-point line. He has made 29% of his threes this year, while he made 40% last season.
His free-throw shooting continues to improve, as he made 80% last year and is at 90% so far.
Against the New York Knicks, Collins had a fantastic game last season, scoring 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds in a five-point win for the Hawks.
Forward - Julius Randle (New York Knicks)
Julius Randle has been the best player on the New York Knicks' roster in the 2020-21 NBA season, and his performances have been essential for the team's current 3-3 record.
Randle is having an extraordinary year so far. It is still early, but he is putting up the best numbers of his NBA career so far. The left-handed power forward is averaging 21 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game (his career-high in a single season is 3.6 assists per game).
He had two 30-point games against the Atlanta Hawks last year and two double-doubles.
Center - Clint Capela (Atlanta Hawks)
The Atlanta Hawks' starting center, Clint Capela, is an efficient player on both sides of the floor.
Capela has started four of the Hawks' six games of the 2020-21 NBA season and is averaging his traditional double-double of points and rebounds. In just 25 minutes per game, Capela is averaging 10.5 points and 12 rebounds per night.
He is a good finisher around the basket and a consistent threat to the rivals on the offensive boards, with an average of four offensive rebounds per game.
Capela is a good defensive player, and his Defensive Rating of 103 is the best on the Atlanta Hawks' roster.