NBA Finals: OKC Thunder's Nick Collison a rarity in today's NBA

NBA LONGEVITY — Oklahoma City's Nick Collison is one of just 18 players in the NBA that have played eight-plus seasons with one franchise.
by Jenni Carlson and Ryan Aber Published: June 11, 2012

Only 18 current players in the NBA have eight-plus seasons playing for only one franchise. It's a small fraternity.

Even smaller? The number of guys who aren't starters, much less standouts.

The guy on the list who's had the smallest percentage of starts is Thunder forward Nick Collison, which is a tribute to how much this franchise thinks of the reserve.

Name, Franchise, Seasons, Games Played, Games Started, Percentage of Games Started

1. Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia, 8, 615, 615, 1.000

2t. Tim Duncan, San Antonio, 15, 1,111, 1,109, 0.998

2t. Dwight Howard, Orlando, 8, 621, 620, 0.998

4. Paul Pierce, Boston, 14, 1,025, 1,022, 0.997

5. Dwyane Wade, Miami, 9, 596, 588, 0.987

6. Tony Parker, San Antonio, 11, 806, 793, 0.984

7. Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas, 14, 1,055, 1,030, 0.976

8. Josh Smith, Atlanta, 8, 600, 578, 0.963

9. Tayshaun Prince, Detroit, 10, 724, 685, 0.946

10. Luol Deng, Chicago, 8, 539, 493, 0.915

11. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, 16, 1,161, 1,013, 0.873

12. Jameer Nelson, Orlando, 8, 527, 432, 0.820

13. Udonis Haslem, Miami, 9, 594, 396, 0.667

14. Andris Biedrins, Golden State, 8, 457, 302, 0.661

15. Manu Ginobili, San Antonio, 10, 667, 346, 0.519

16. Jeff Foster, Indiana, 13, 764, 345, 0.452

17. Anderson Varejao, Cleveland, 8, 444, 128, 0.288

18. Nick Collison, Seattle/Oklahoma City, 8, 588, 169, 0.287


by Jenni Carlson
Columnist
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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