Darren Michael Collison (born August 23, 1987) is an American former professional basketball player. He played 10 seasons with five teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He earned NBA All-Rookie Team honors in his first season in the NBA with the New Orleans Hornets.
Collison with Indiana in 2019
|Born||August 23, 1987|
Rancho Cucamonga, California
|Listed height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
(Rancho Cucamonga, California)
|NBA draft||2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall|
|Selected by the New Orleans Hornets|
|Number||2, 4, 7|
|2009–2010||New Orleans Hornets|
|2013–2014||Los Angeles Clippers|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||8,857 (12.5 ppg)|
|Rebounds||1,885 (2.7 rpg)|
|Assists||3,543 (5.0 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Collison played four seasons of college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He earned All-Pac-10 conference honors three times, and won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award his senior year as the top college player standing 6 feet (1.8 m) or under. He was drafted by the Hornets in the first round with the 21st overall pick of the 2009 NBA draft. Collison also played for the Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers, and Sacramento Kings.
Collison was born in Rancho Cucamonga, California to parents Dennis and June Griffith, who were both elite track and field athletes for Guyana. As a senior at Etiwanda High School under coach Dave Kleckner, Collison was named a fourth-team Parade All-American.
He was a backup to Jordan Farmar in the Bruins' 2005–06 season, becoming the starting point guard the following season. He was awarded the MVP of the Maui Invitational Tournament in December 2006 and was named the Pacific-10 Conference Player of the Week on December 4, 2006, and again on February 18, 2007. During the 2006–07 season, Collison averaged 2.2 steals per game—the most in the Pacific-10 Conference. He also averaged 5.7 assists (2nd in the Pac-10), as well as a three-point field goal percentage of 44.7 percent.
Collison returned to UCLA for his junior and senior years and ended up playing in a total of 142 games at UCLA, tied for the most ever. In his senior year in 2008–09, he was named to the All-Pac-10 team after averaging 14.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He led the conference in free throw percentage, and was third in assists, steals, and assists-to-turnover ratio. Collison won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award that year, awarded to the best college player 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter. He was also named the Bruins' co-Most Valuable Player (MVP) along with Josh Shipp. Collison and fellow senior teammates Shipp and Alfred Aboya finished their careers as the winningest class in UCLA history with 123 wins. The distinction was relative, as John Wooden's legendary teams played shorter seasons and freshmen were ineligible.
New Orleans Hornets (2009–2010)Edit
Collison was widely considered to be one of the top point guard prospects in the 2009 NBA Draft coming out of UCLA. He was selected in the first round with the 21st overall pick by the New Orleans Hornets.
With Chris Paul out for months at two separate times during the 2009–10 season, Collison became the starting point guard. Collison handed out a Hornets rookie-record 18 assists and scored 17 points on January 30, 2010 when New Orleans ended Memphis's 11-game home winning streak with a 113–111 overtime victory. Later on March 8, 2010, Collison broke his own record with a Hornets rookie-record 20 assists (along with 16 points) in a 135–131 victory over the Golden State Warriors. In a game against the Indiana Pacers on February 19, 2010, Collison became only the second rookie of the 2009–10 season to get a triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. He finished 4th in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and averaged 18.8 points and 9.1 assists in the 37 games as a starter, but had four turnovers a contest as a starter in his first NBA season.
Indiana Pacers (2010–2012)Edit
On August 11, 2010, the Hornets traded Collison and James Posey to the Indiana Pacers in a four-team, five-player deal that also sent Troy Murphy to the New Jersey Nets, Trevor Ariza to the New Orleans Hornets and Courtney Lee to the Houston Rockets.
Dallas Mavericks (2012–2013)Edit
On July 12, 2012, Collison and Dahntay Jones were traded to the Dallas Mavericks for Ian Mahinmi. Collison became the Mavericks' starting point guard, replacing Jason Kidd who left as a free agent. Collison was a key player in Dallas' 4–1 start in 2012–13, but he struggled as they lost 8 of their next 11. After starting the team's first 14 games, Collison came off the bench for one game. He missed the next game with a sprained right middle finger, prompting Dallas to sign Derek Fisher. Fisher started in his first game with the Mavericks, while Collison remained a reserve. 14 games later, on December 27, 2012, he regained the starting job.
Los Angeles Clippers (2013–2014)Edit
On July 10, 2013, Collison signed a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers. He again backed up Chris Paul, who was also on the Clippers. When Paul was out 18 games with an injured shoulder, Collison started and averaged 13.3 points and 6.5 assists in 32.6 minutes. The Clippers went 12–6 in that span, and coach Doc Rivers said the team "weathered the storm" without their All-Star point guard; he called Collison's play "the key." In Game 4 of the second round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Clippers overcame a 22-point deficit to tie the series at 2–2, as Collison scored 12 of his 18 points in the final quarter to help lead the team to a 101–99 win.
Sacramento Kings (2014–2017)Edit
On July 12, 2014, Collison signed a three-year, $16 million deal with the Sacramento Kings. The Kings offered him a starting job at point guard, and the Clippers were unable to match either the deal or the playing time.
On December 27, 2014, Collison had a season-best game with 27 points and 10 assists in a 135–129 overtime win over the New York Knicks. On February 26, 2015, he was ruled out for three to six weeks with a right hip flexor. Collison was suspended for the first eight games of the 2016–17 season after pleading guilty on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery.
Return to Indiana (2017–2019)Edit
On July 7, 2017, Collison signed with the Indiana Pacers, returning to the franchise for a second stint. He had knee surgery in early February 2018, returning to the Pacers' line-up in mid-March. After gradually improving his three-point shooting throughout his career, Collison led the league with a career-best 47% 3-point percentage in 2017–18.
On December 10, 2018, in a 109–101 win over the Washington Wizards, Collison had 17 assists, his highest single-game total with Indiana. He ended the 2018–19 season with averages of 11 points and six assists.
On June 28, 2019, Collison announced his retirement from the NBA. A Jehovah’s Witness, he cited religious reasons for retiring. He had been expected to draw multiple contract offers for around $10 million per season.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game|
|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
|*||Led the league|
In 2011, Collison married Keyosha Sanders.
Awards and recognitionEdit
- 2004 CIF Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year
- 2005 CIF Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year
- 2007 All-Pac-10 First Team
- 2008 All-Pac-10 Second Team
- 2008 Pac-10 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player
- 2008 Associated Press Third Team All-American
- 2008 Collegeinsider.com All-Defensive Team (along with teammate Russell Westbrook)
- 2009 All-Pac-10 First Team
- 2009 honorable mention in the AP All-America basketball teams.
- 2009 UCLA Bruins co-MVP (along with Josh Shipp)
- "Player Bio: Darren Collison". UCLA. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- Darren Collison Recruiting Profile
- UCLA Official Athletic Site – Men's Basketball
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- Finney, Ryan (2010). "2010–11 UCLA Men's Basketball Media Guide" (PDF). UCLA Athletic Department. p. 110. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 10, 2011.
- "Pac-10 Conference". USA Today. April 6, 2009. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013.
- Wharton, David (March 8, 2009). "Seniors honored after winning careers". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 8, 2013.
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- "Draft Watch: Getting to the point – ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved February 20, 2009.
- "Collison Picked 21st by the New Orleans Hornets in the NBA Draft". Pac-12 Conference. June 25, 2009. Retrieved February 14, 2020.
- "Pacers get Collison from Hornets in 4-team trade". NBA.com. August 11, 2010. Archived from the original on May 30, 2011. Retrieved August 11, 2010.
- "It's Official: Pacers Trade Mahinmi for Collison, Jones". July 12, 2012.
- MacMahon, Tim (November 28, 2012). "Signing Derek Fisher a sign of desperation". ESPN. Archived from the original on November 29, 2012.
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- MacMahon, Tim (December 2, 2012). "Derek Fisher's Dallas debut a success despite stats". ESPN. Archived from the original on December 4, 2012.
- "CLIPPERS SIGN MATT BARNES, DARREN COLLISON, RYAN HOLLINS AND CHRIS PAUL". NBA.com. Retrieved July 10, 2013.
- Turner, Broderick (February 9, 2014). "Darren Collison kept Clippers on track while Chris Paul was out". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on February 11, 2014. Retrieved February 11, 2014.
- Pincus, Eric (May 11, 2014). "Chris Paul: 'Game ball goes to Darren Collison' in win over Thunder". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on May 12, 2014.
- Markazi, Arash (January 28, 2015). "Austin Rivers hitting his stride for Clippers". ESPN. Archived from the original on February 7, 2015.
- "Kings Sign Darren Collison". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. July 12, 2014. Retrieved July 12, 2014.
- "Cousins leads Kings past Knicks 135-129 in OT". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. December 27, 2014. Retrieved December 27, 2014.
- Darren Collison Injury Update
- Darren Collison to have surgery
- Kings PG Darren Collison suspended 8 games for domestic violence incident
- "Pacers Sign Collison". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
- "Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Lakers 110-100". ESPN.com. March 19, 2018. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian (February 10, 2020). "Sources: Darren Collison won't return to NBA this season despite interest from Lakers, Clippers". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
- "2017-18 NBA Leaders". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Turner helps Pacers escape with 109-101 victory over Wizards". ESPN.com. December 10, 2018. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
- "Darren Collison: 'I have decided to retire from the NBA'". TheUndefeated.com. June 28, 2019. Retrieved June 28, 2019.
- Magbanua, Peter Erick (June 1, 2016). "Sacramento Kings News: Darren Collison busted for domestic violence". sportsrageous.com. Retrieved September 2, 2016.
- Finney 2010, p.105
-  Archived March 13, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
-  Archived March 19, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
- "2008 CollegeInsider.com Defensive All-America Team". College Insider. Retrieved February 20, 2009.
- 2008–09 AP All-America Basketball Teams
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