Mr. Thunder has retired

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Calling the guy that was the most pissed that the team moved from Seattle "Mr. Thunder" is a hilarious twist to the story.
 

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I love Collison, but let's be honest here. The guy who has played every game of his NBA career in an OKC Thunder jersey and is the OKC Thunder career leader in points, rebounds, and assists is "Mr. Thunder."
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I love Collison, but let's be honest here. The guy who has played every game of his NBA career in an OKC Thunder jersey and is the OKC Thunder career leader in points, rebounds, and assists is "Mr. Thunder."
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One day you will learn stats are not the only thing that matters. I think Russ gave him the nickname. https://twitter.com/bdawsonwrites/status/994760637808029696?s=21
 

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One day you will learn stats are not the only thing that matters. I think Russ gave him the nickname. https://twitter.com/bdawsonwrites/status/994760637808029696?s=21
I’m not denying his legendary status, but more than a third of his career games were as a Seattle Supersonic. He played more games in Seattle than Ray Allen. Maybe he is “Mr. SonicThunder.”
 
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Nick Collison retired last Thursday, prompting some debate about having his No. 4 retired at Chesapeake Energy Arena. I found it humorous that anyone would consider retiring any Oklahoma City Thunder jersey before No. 0.

Russell Westbrook has averaged a triple-double for two consecutive seasons. Collison never averaged double-figure point totals over his 15-year NBA career. I mean, seriously?

Well, I Googled Collison’s jersey retirement from when he was at Kansas. That led me to his final home game in 2003. And that led me to a Lawrence Journal-World story about that game.

It was against Oklahoma State, and I had forgotten that after Roy Williams substituted for Collison, Eddie Sutton jogged over to the Jayhawks’ bench to offer congratulations.

“I told Eddie it’s the longest sprint he’s had in a long time,” Williams said in postgame.
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While I objected to calling Collison “Mr. Thunder,” I agree that they should retire his number. And while I pointed out that Westbrook is the OKC career leader in all major stats, Collison’s value goes far beyond his stats.

Despite his modest stats, he was among the NBA leaders in real plus/minus for several seasons, especially when he and Harden were running pick-and-rolls. He always put team before self, and that is his legacy.

Edit: here’s ESPN’s real/plus minus from 2013-14. Collision was 7th in the NBA, right behind Steph Curry and ahead of Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. They don’t have RPM prior to that year, during Collison’s strongest seasons.
http://www.espn.com/nba/statistics/rpm/_/year/2014/sort/RPM
 
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While I objected to calling Collison “Mr. Thunder,” I agree that they should retire his number. And while I pointed out that Westbrook is the OKC career leader in all major stats, Collison’s value goes far beyond his stats.

Despite his modest stats, he was among the NBA leaders in real plus/minus for several seasons, especially when he and Harden were running pick-and-rolls. He always put team before self, and that is his legacy.

Edit: here’s ESPN’s real/plus minus from 2013-14. Collision was 7th in the NBA, right behind Steph Curry and ahead of Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan. They don’t have RPM prior to that year, during Collison’s strongest seasons.
http://www.espn.com/nba/statistics/rpm/_/year/2014/sort/RPM
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At least they wont have to clean his jersey if they retire it.