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Nicholas John Collison (born October 26, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who played his entire 14-year career in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder franchise. He was drafted by the SuperSonics in the first round of the 2003 NBA draft and retired as a member of the Thunder in 2018. As a college player, Collison went to two Final Fours with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Nick Collison
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Collison with the Thunder
Personal information
Born (1980-10-26) October 26, 1980 (age 38)
Orange City, Iowa
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High schoolIowa Falls (Iowa Falls, Iowa)
CollegeKansas (1999–2003)
NBA draft2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Playing career2003–2018
PositionPower forward / Center
Number4
Career history
20032018Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
Career statistics
Points5,359 (5.9 ppg)
Rebounds4,701 (5.2 rpg)
Assists939 (1.0 apg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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Early life and high school careerEdit

Collison was born in Orange City, Iowa and grew up in Fort Dodge and Iowa Falls. He attended Iowa Falls High School and was a McDonald's All-American in 1999.

College 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.[1]

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).[2]

Professional careerEdit

Seattle SuperSonics / Oklahoma City Thunder (2003–2018)Edit

 
Collison in a game with the Thunder

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 NBA debut on November 3, 2004, recording two points, five rebounds and two assists in a 114–84 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. He appeared in all 82 games in his rookie season, averaging 5.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 17.0 minutes per game.[3] He played in all 82 games for a second time during the 2006–07 season. On January 9, 2007, he had a career-best game with 29 points and 21 rebounds in a 113–102 loss to the Phoenix Suns.[4] In 2008, the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City and rebranded as the Thunder. In 2012, he helped the Thunder reach the NBA Finals, where they lost in five games to the Miami Heat, led by LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh.

On February 3, 2015, Collison signed a two-year, $7.5 million contract extension with the Thunder.[5][6] In May 2016, he helped the Thunder reach the 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals against the 73-9 Golden State Warriors, whom had finished with the best-ever regular season record in the NBA.

On July 21, 2017, Collison re-signed with the Thunder to a one-year, minimum salary deal.[7][8]

On May 10, 2018, Collison announced his retirement from professional basketball, leaving Jeff Green and Kevin Durant as the last remaining active players who played for the Sonics.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

After the Sonics relocated to Oklahoma City, Collison continued to make his home in Seattle.[10][11]

Collison has a daughter named Emma.[12][13] His younger brother, Michael, played college basketball for their father's alma mater, Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.[14]

NBA career statisticsEdit

Legend
  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

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2004–05 Seattle 82 4 17.0 .537 .000 .703 4.6 .4 .4 .6 5.6
2005–06 Seattle 66 27 21.9 .525 .000 .699 5.6 1.1 .3 .5 7.5
2006–07 Seattle 82 56 29.0 .500 .000 .774 8.1 1.0 .6 .8 9.6
2007–08 Seattle 78 35 28.5 .502 .000 .737 9.4 1.4 .6 .8 9.8
2008–09 Oklahoma City 71 40 25.8 .568 .000 .721 6.9 .9 .7 .7 8.2
2009–10 Oklahoma City 75 5 20.8 .589 .250 .692 5.1 .5 .5 .6 5.9
2010–11 Oklahoma City 71 2 21.5 .566 .753 4.5 1.0 .6 .4 4.6
2011–12 Oklahoma City 63 0 20.7 .597 .000 .710 4.3 1.3 .5 .4 4.5
2012–13 Oklahoma City 81 2 19.5 .595 .000 .769 4.1 1.5 .6 .4 5.1
2013–14 Oklahoma City 81 0 16.7 .556 .235 .710 3.6 1.3 .4 .3 4.2
2014–15 Oklahoma City 66 2 16.7 .419 .267 .692 3.8 1.4 .5 .4 4.1
2015–16 Oklahoma City 59 4 11.8 .459 .000 .697 2.9 .9 .3 .3 2.1
2016–17 Oklahoma City 20 0 6.4 .609 000 .625 1.6 .5 .1 .1 1.7
2017–18 Oklahoma City 15 0 5.0 .684 .385 1.3 .3 .0 .0 2.1
Career 910 177 20.4 .534 .208 .723 5.2 1.0 .5 .5 5.9

PlayoffsEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005 Seattle 11 0 19.8 .607 1.000 .630 5.0 .5 .3 .5 8.4
2010 Oklahoma City 6 0 21.5 .333 .000 .429 4.7 .3 .8 .2 3.2
2011 Oklahoma City 17 0 24.3 .632 .000 .783 5.8 .9 .9 .9 6.7
2012 Oklahoma City 20 0 16.6 .647 .000 .429 3.4 1.0 .6 .3 3.5
2013 Oklahoma City 11 0 16.2 .468 .000 .917 4.6 1.1 .5 1.0 5.0
2014 Oklahoma City 17 2 10.8 .414 .400 .700 2.2 .8 .2 .4 1.9
2016 Oklahoma City 9 0 8.8 .667 .000 .500 1.2 .6 .9 .0 1.0
Career 91 2 16.8 .558 .429 .682 3.8 .8 .6 .5 4.3

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Collison Named Alternate On USA World Championship Team
  2. ^ COLLISON'S JERSEY TO BE RETIRED
  3. ^ "Nick Collison 2004-05 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  4. ^ "Suns Win Seventh Straight, Beat Sonics". NBA.com. January 10, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
  5. ^ Thunder Signs Nick Collison to Contract Extension
  6. ^ Thunder sign Nick Collison to two-year, nearly $8 million contract extension
  7. ^ Thunder Signs Nick Collison
  8. ^ Thunder announce Nick Collison will stay in Oklahoma City
  9. ^ Gallo, Nick (May 10, 2018). "Seeing Off a True Pro – Thunder Fan Favorite Nick Collison Retires". NBA.com. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  10. ^ Collison reflects on Sonics' relocation
  11. ^ Need a view? Nick Collison's Queen Anne home "without rival"
  12. ^ The Nick Collison Guest Blog, Vol. 1: How I Spent My (Extended) Summer Vacation
  13. ^ "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.
  14. ^ #33 Michael Collison

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