Friday, 25 May, 2018

Kevin Durant on retired teammate: "Nick [Collison] meant a lot to me"

Seeing Off a True Pro – Thunder Fan Favorite Nick Collison Retires        By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer Seeing Off a True Pro – Thunder Fan Favorite Nick Collison Retires By Nick Gallo | Thunder Basketball Writer
Betsy Taylor | 11 May, 2018, 04:27

In 15 games this season, Collison averaged just 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds.

With Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison announcing his retirement from the National Basketball Association after 15 years, Warriors forward Kevin Durant spoke glowingly about his former teammate. "I've had an incredible run".

Collison was Durant's teammate for nine years while Durant was played for the Seattle Supersonics during his rookie season and when the team relocated to Oklahoma City to become the Thunder in 2008. I'm proud of my career ...


It'll likely be a few more years before Durant or Green retire, but this just goes to show how quickly time has passed since the Sonics last existed.

Collison's best statistical season came in 2007-08, when he recorded 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game for a awful Sonics team that went 20-62.

Collison spent four years at Kansas, appearing in two Final Fours, losing in the national championship game to Anthony and Syracuse in 2003. His best season came in 2007-08, when he averaged 9.8 points and 9.4 rebounds in the past year before the Seattle SuperSonics relocated to Oklahoma City. He would continue to be a key role player for the Thunder during their rise to contention under Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. He left Kansas as one of the most decorated players in its storied history, named national college player of year in 2003, consensus first-team All-America and Big 12 Player of the Year. As a result, Collison played in 91 playoff games, including the 2012 NBA Finals against the Heat.

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