Oklahoma City Thunder to Retire Nick Collison’s Number in March
Often times teams retire the numbers of players that have produced exceptional numbers and have received important accolades throughout their careers.
The likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Richard Hamilton have all recently seen their numbers get retired. All three were champions, All-Stars and in the cases of Shaq and Duncan – MVPs. There are also the players who never reach the peaks of the stars, but still get immortalized and see their numbers get raised to the rafters. These players are defined as lifers, those who contributed to the culture of the organization. The players who’s role behind the scenes were as valuable as the numbers that Shaq put up on the stat sheet. Think Udonis Haslem of the Miami Heat, but also consider Nick Collison.
On March 20th, the Oklahoma City Thunder will retire Collison’s #4 jersey. The forward spent his entire 15-year career with the same franchise, albeit being drafted by the Seattle Supersonics.
“I am thrilled that Nick Collison will be the first Thunder player to have their number retired in Oklahoma City. He has cemented himself as part of the fabric of this community and our organization by setting an example of commitment, hard work and authenticity,” said Thunder chairman Clay Bennett.
Collison will be the first player in Thunder’s history to have his number retired.
Throughout his career, Collison averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game on 53.4% shooting.