Kendrick Perkins calls Nick Collison one of the best teammates ever

May 11, 2018, 04:23
Kendrick Perkins calls Nick Collison one of the best teammates ever

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.

After 15 years in the National Basketball Association, spread over two cities - Seattle and Oklahoma City, but all with the same franchise - Nick Collison announced his retirement on Thursday night, writing a first person reflective piece for ESPN.

The 37-year-old Collison announced his decision Thursday through the team.

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.

The 6-foot-10 forward missed his entire rookie season because of a shoulder injury. He ends his career with averages of 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 910 games.

Collison has been a part of every Thunder team since the organization moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. "Nick has helped define the standards we work by on a day-to-day basis, on and off the court", Presti said.

"I started in cold gyms in small towns in Iowa and ended up playing in more than 1,000 games over 15 years in the best league in the world", Collison wrote in an article published by ESPN Thursday. He was one of two players to have played with the team in each year since moving to OKC. "It would not have been possible to do it on my own", he said.

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