Collison with the Thunder
|No. 4 – Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
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|
|Pro playing career||2003–present|
|2003–present||Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at NBA.com|
|Competitor for United States|
|FIBA Americas Championship|
|Gold||2003 San Juan||Team competition|
|FIBA Americas U18 Championship|
|Gold||1998 Puerto Plata||Team competition|
|FIBA U19 World Championship|
|Silver||1999 Lisbon||Team competition|
|FIBA U21 World Championship|
|Gold||2001 Saitama||Team competition|
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
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.
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. This has earned him the affectionate nickname "Slick Nick".
NBA career statistics
|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|
- List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 2000 points and 1000 rebounds
- List of NBA players who have spent their entire career with one franchise
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Nick Collison.|
- NBA.com Profile
- University of Kansas Men's Basketball
- College stats at sportsstats.com
- ESPN Profile
- Basketball Reference Profile