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.
Collison with the Thunder
|Born||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 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. 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. 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. 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.
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
- "Nick Collison 2004-05 Game Log". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
- "Suns Win Seventh Straight, Beat Sonics". NBA.com. January 10, 2007. Retrieved July 2, 2018.
- 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.
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