The Oklahoma City Thunder are giving the ultimate honor to a player who was mostly a reserve for the team.
OKC announced on Saturday that Nick Collison will have his jersey retired, becoming the first member of the Oklahoma City Thunder to receive that honor.
You’re probably wondering why a player who averaged 5.9 points and 5.2 rebounds in 20.4 minutes per game during his entire career is getting his jersey retired. Thunder GM Sam Presti shared their reasoning in a statement, lauding Collison for his work ethic and instilling a professional culture within the organization upon its move to a new city.
Statement from Thunder general manager Sam Presti on the retirement of Nick Collison’s No. 4: pic.twitter.com/rDl2IPx0B3
— Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) January 12, 2019
The ceremony will take place on March 20. Here’s a video the Thunder shared about the move:
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) January 12, 2019
Collison began his career with the Seattle SuperSonics in 2004. He remained with the organization through last season, helping the transition from Seattle to Oklahoma City.