FANDOM


Nick Collison
Nick-collison

Nick

Collison with the Thunder
No. 4 - Oklahoma City Thunder
Position Power forward / Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1980-10-26) October 26, 1980 (age 32)

Orange City, Iowa

Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school Iowa Falls

(Iowa Falls, Iowa)

College Kansas (1999–2003)
NBA Draft 2003 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the Seattle SuperSonics
Pro playing career 2003–present
Career history
2003–present Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder
Career highlights and awards
  • 2003 National Player of the Year (NABC)
  • 2003 NCAA Consensus First team All-American
  • 2003 Big 12 Player of the Year
Stats at NBA.com

Nicholas John "Nick" Collison (born October 26, 1980) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a college player, he went to two final fours with the Kansas Jayhawks.

Early life and high school career

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

College career

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, 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 the Carmelo Anthony led Syracuse University Orangemen in the National Championship game, 81–78. He played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship.

Collison's #4 jersey was retired by the Kansas Jayhawks at halftime of a 2004 game between Kansas and Michigan State University, in recognition of his achievements (2002–03 Player of the Year, consensus First-Team All-America, Big 12 Player of the Year). Like Hinrich, Collison played all four years in college.

NBA career

Collison was selected by the Seattle SuperSonics with the 12th pick of 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 3 points in a 114–84 loss. He still plays for the same franchise, now the Oklahoma City Thunder since relocating in 2008. He and Kevin Durant are the only two players remaining from the Seattle SuperSonics era (Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka were drafted by the Sonics but the team relocated before their rookie seasons).

Since his rookie season, Collison made the power forward position his own, emerging as a valuable and solid player during 2006–07, averaging nearly double figures in points (9.6) and adding 8 rebounds per game. The following season, with slightly fewer minutes, Collison pulled down more rebounds (9.4) and points (9.8) per game.

Collison is well known for his savvy and quick defense, most notably having been among the league leaders in charges drawn several seasons in a row.

Personal life

After the decision by the owners of the team to relocate to Oklahoma City, Collison continued to make his home in Seattle.

He married Robbie Harriford in 2007 and they have a daughter, Emma Collison. His younger brother Michael played at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa.

NBA career statistics

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 season

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 .000 .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
Career 669 171 22.8 .541 .048 .731 5.9 1.0 .5 .6 6.8

Playoffs

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
Career 65 0 19.5 .571 .500 .684 4.6 .8 .6 .6 5.4