Nicholas John Collison (born October 26, 1980) is a former American professional basketball player that played his entire career for the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He was drafted by the SuperSonics in the 2003 NBA draft and retired as a member of the Thunder in 2018. As a college player, he went to two Final Fours with the Kansas Jayhawks.
Collison with the Thunder
October 26, 1980 |
Orange City, Iowa
|Listed height||6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)|
|Listed weight||255 lb (116 kg)|
|High school||Iowa Falls (Iowa Falls, Iowa)|
|NBA draft||2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|2003–2018||Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||5,359 (5.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||4,701 (5.2 rpg)|
|Assists||939 (1.0 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Early life and high school careerEdit
Teaming with fellow Iowan Kirk Hinrich to form one of the best duos in college basketball, Collison helped KU reach two consecutive Final Fours (2002 and 2003). Collison finished his college career as the leading scorer in the history of the Big 12 Conference (since passed by Andre Emmett). In 2003, his Jayhawks lost to Carmelo Anthony and the Syracuse Orange in the National Championship game, 81–78. He also played for the United States national team at the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Collison's #4 jersey was retired by the Kansas Jayhawks on November 25, 2003 during halftime of the Kansas-Michigan State game in recognition of his achievements over his four-year career (2002–03 Player of the Year, consensus first-team All-America, Big 12 Player of the Year).
Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder (2003–2018)Edit
Collison was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 12th overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft but missed the 2003–04 season with injuries to both shoulders. He made his regular season NBA debut on November 3, 2004 against the Los Angeles Clippers, scoring three points in the 84-114 loss. He finished his rookie season of 2004–05 having played in all 82 games as he averaged 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game. He went on to play a further three seasons for Seattle before the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and rebranding as the Thunder. Following the departure of Kevin Durant in 2016, Collison is the only player remaining from the Seattle SuperSonics era (Russell Westbrook was drafted by the Sonics in 2008 but the team relocated before his rookie season).
In his first season with the Thunder in 2008–09, Collison was once again a solid back-up off the bench as he played 71 games with 40 starting assignments. However, despite his productive first five seasons in the league, Collison's numbers dropped over the following years as his points per game averages dropped below six in 2009–10 and below five in 2010–11. Playing more of a power forward role in the lockout shortened 2011–12 season, Collison helped the Thunder reach the 2012 NBA Finals where they faced the Miami Heat. Despite a solid game one victory, the Thunder went on to lose the series in five games.
On May 10, 2018, Collison announced his retirement from professional basketball.
Collison and his ex-wife, Robbie, have a daughter named Emma. His younger brother, Michael, played college basketball for their father's alma mater, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.
NBA career statisticsEdit
|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|
- Collison Named Alternate On USA World Championship Team
- COLLISON'S JERSEY TO BE RETIRED
- Thunder Signs Nick Collison to Contract Extension
- Thunder sign Nick Collison to two-year, nearly $8 million contract extension
- Thunder Signs Nick Collison
- Thunder announce Nick Collison will stay in Oklahoma City
- Gallo, Nick (May 10, 2018). "Seeing Off a True Pro – Thunder Fan Favorite Nick Collison Retires". NBA.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- Collison reflects on Sonics' relocation
- Need a view? Nick Collison's Queen Anne home "without rival"
- The Nick Collison Guest Blog, Vol. 1: How I Spent My (Extended) Summer Vacation
- "Super Sonic Wedding Superb! Doing it Right at Court in the Square, Hotel 1000, and Pravda!". JanetKlinger.com. August 20, 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2013.
- #33 Michael Collison