After 15 Seasons in NBA, Big Man Retires.May 11, 2018
Oklahoma City Thunder Forward Nick Collison announced that he will retire after 15 years with the organization.
Collison appeared in 910 regular season of the games and posted career averages of 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 20.4 minutes per game. Collison averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.8 minutes in the 91 post season games.
“My goal was always to make a career out of basketball, and I was blessed to be in the NBA for 15 seasons,” said Collison. “As my time as a basketball player comes to an end, I’m so grateful for my family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans, my hometown, Kansas University, the Thunder organization and everyone else who has helped me along the way. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. It has been an incredible journey that I’m proud of, and it would not have been possible to do it on my own.” (http://www.nba.com/article)
The chairman Clayton I. Bennett said “I so vividly recall that the first person I saw in the practice gym after the purchase of the team was Nick Collison, working on his jump shot,”. “Our initial interaction is something I will never forget, and I thank him for being the same great man today, as authentic as a person you will ever meet. The Thunder will forever be a better organization because he was here.” he added. (http://www.nba.com/article)
The Executive Vice President and General Manager of Oklahoma City Thunder Sam Presti said that Collison is one of the perfect player for the team. He added that Collison helped define the standards that they keep on working on a day-to-day basis on and off the court. As a result of his consistency and longevity, hiss contributions to the culture and community will have a lasting effect. This is rare especially professional sports.
Presti was grateful to Collinson as well as Collison’s Family for playing an important part of writing the teams history and helping them to set the course. He also said that Collison will always be part of Oklahoma City Thunder.
And for the past 10 seasons, Collinson helped the Thunder lead to the second-best record in NBA history. Collison finishes his career with 69 double-doubles and 184 games in which he scored in double figures.