Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Money | By Wilma Wheeler

Kendrick Perkins calls Nick Collison one of the best teammates ever

Kendrick Perkins calls Nick Collison one of the best teammates ever

Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Nick Collison announced his retirement after 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association.

In 2003, he was drafted 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics.

Known throughout his career as a beloved teammate and locker room presence, Collison played his entire career for one franchise.

In 910 career games over 15 seasons, Collison averaged 5.9 points, 5.2 assists and 1.0 assists a night. The only players to spend their career with one franchise and play more games than Collison: John Stockton, Dirk Nowitzki, Tim Duncan, Reggie Miller, Kobe Bryant, John Havlicek, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Joe Dumars, Hal Greer, Calvin Murphy, Alvan Adams, David Robinson, Isiah Thomas, Kevin McHale, Fred Brown, Bill Russell, Jerry West, James Worthy and Tom Sanders.

Collison went on to detail how the move from Seattle to Oklahoma City was tough, but by the second season as the Thunder there were glimmers of hope.

Durant sure gave Seattle a fun final season, however, averaging 20.3 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.0 steals, and 0.9 blocks per game as a rookie.

Collison says he treasured his time in Oklahoma City. "So no, I don't think I ever thought I'd be able to be playing with partially gray hair.I've been really blessed. I think we're good, '" Collison recalled.

He added to the story with an official statement Thursday.

"I've had the privilege of being one of the guys on a basketball team for a long time", he said. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. I'm proud of my career ... "The Thunder will forever be a better organization because he was here", Bennett said. "For the Thunder, Nick Collison was one of those players". He brought the best of himself his entire career each day he walked through the door. That is rare in any industry, but especially professional sports. "In doing so, he has set the standards for professionalism and consistency for the years ahead and therefore, will always be part of the Thunder".

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