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Watch: John Collins posterises Russell Westbrook with nasty put-back dunk

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The Atlanta Hawks have had a terrible season and own the joint-worst record in the Eastern Conference at 20-48.

They've not had much to enjoy this year but one bright spark for them has been the emergence of promising rookie John Collins.

The Hawks selected him with the 19th overall pick in last summer's draft and he has proven to be a decent acquisition to the team.

The power forward brings energy on both ends of the floor and is a tenacious rebounder, particularly on the offensive glass.

But above all else, the biggest thing that has stood out about Collins is his ridiculous athleticism.

He has produced a number of highlight dunks this year, which included this outrageous alley-oop finish in the Rising Stars Challenge last month in Los Angeles.

In Tuesday night's showdown against the Oklahoma City Thunder, he added another to his collection and claimed a poster he'll never forget.

Dunking on anybody is a great feeling but dunking on the reigning MVP is something special.

That's exactly what the 20-year-old did as he followed up a Taurean Prince miss at the rim by cleaning up the rebound with a nasty put-back slam over the back of Russell Westbrook.

As a rookie, putting one of the biggest superstars in the league on a poster should give you a lot of confidence and a much-needed boost and it'll stand Collins in good stead.

Westbrook has been posterising players throughout his career so it was maybe time he had a taste of his own medicine.

The play was a perfect illustration of the Hawks big man's diligence to crash the boards and look to claim any rebound and give his team second-chance opportunities.

The Wake Forest product finished the game with 10 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one block on 5-of-10 shooting from the field.

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In his first NBA campaign, he's averaging 10.3 points and seven boards in 23 minutes of action.

He is likely to be an important member of Atlanta's rebuilding squad and certainly has a bright future in the league.

Despite being on the receiving end of a Collins jam, the night still belonged to Westbrook as he inspired the Thunder to a 119-107 win with a historic 100th triple-double of his career.

He posted 32 points, 12 assists and 12 rebounds and became just the fourth player in NBA history to reach that mark joining Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson and Jason Kidd.

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