Oklahoma City Thunder: 2013-14 Grades—Nick Collison

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May 19, 2014; San Antonio, TX, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison (4) shoots the ball over San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (22) in game one of the Western Conference Finals in the 2014 NBA Playoffs at AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder put together a 59-win regular season, but fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

It was still a great year in many ways and we continue with a series of articles that will look back at the 2013-14 to evaluate everyone’s performance. We began with Derek Fisher. We continue with Nick Collison.

Collison is the longest-tenured of the Thunder players, one of two guys left on the roster from the franchise’s days in Seattle. Collison just finished his 10th year with the team and at this point, he is what he is, a veteran big guy who will bring some energy off the bench.

Collison was the 12th overall pick by the then-SuperSonics in the 2003 draft and sat out his entire rookie year with injuries to both shoulders.

He played a career-low 16.7 minutes per game in 2013-14, and accordingly, his averages shrunk to career lows of 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, although he did still average 1.3 assists. He shot 55.6 percent from the floor and 71 percent from the foul line and added something of an outside game to his repertoire, as he attempted a career-high 17 3-pointers. He made just four of them, so the thought of Collison as a stretch-4 is probably … well … a bit of a stretch.

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