Thunder will retire Nick Collison's jersey
The Oklahoma City Thunder recently announced that the team will retire Nick Collison’s No. 4 jersey on Wednesday, March 20 when they host the Toronto Raptors.
It's unusual for a role player like Collison to have his jersey retired by an NBA team.
However, it's also unusual for any player in today's NBA to actually play 15 years for one team.
How you balance those two facts is up to you.
But generally, teams retire the jersey of a top superstar, and almost no one else. This is definitely unusual and a surprise.
Collison announced his retirement in May, 2018. His No. 4 will be the first number retired by the Thunder.
“I am thrilled that Nick Collison will be the first Thunder player to have their number retired in Oklahoma City,” said Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett. “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. Congratulations Nick.”
Collison appeared in 910 regular season games (177 starts), and averaged 5.9 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist in 20.4 minutes per game.
Collison also played in 91 playoff games, and averaged 4.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in 16.8 minutes.
“Nick Collison's career in Oklahoma City was unique. Unique in that he helped create the internal standards for work ethic, selflessness, citizenship and professionalism for an organization that was starting from scratch. Unique in that as a role player, he embedded himself as a legacy player for the Thunder because of his consistency both in times of success and adversity and respect for his teammates and the organization,” said Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager Sam Presti. “It is fitting that Nick will continue his unique and singular relationship with the organization by being our first retired number.”