17. Nick Collison

17. Nick Collison
You hear a lot about "glue guys" in the NBA and the players that may not be statistical beasts but have an intangible that makes a team want to keep them.  Such a player was Nick Collison, who was a star at the University of Kansas but was a bench player with the Seattle SuperSonics/Oklahoma City Thunder for all fourteen (2004-05 to 2017-18) seasons in the NBA.  Collison rotated between Power Forward and Center, where he helped them reach the 2012 Finals and always provided leadership and stability.  While his overall averages of 20.2 Minutes, 5.9 Points and 5.2 Rebounds per Game may not seem impressive, there is a reason why his #4 was the first jersey retired after the team relocated to Oklahoma City.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Acquired: Drafted in the 1st Round, 12th Overall 6/26/03
  • Departed: Retired after the 2017/18 Season.
  • Games Played: 910
  • Per Game Averages: 20.4 MP
    .536 eFG%
    .723 FT%
    5.9 PTS
    5.2 RB
    1.0 AST
    0.5 STL
    0.5 BLK
  • Advanced Stats: 13.2 PER
    .570 TS%
    11.3 VORP
    44.5 WS
  • Major Accolades and Awards: None

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