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Oklahoma City Thunder report card: Nick Collison gets a 'B' on defense

Would have been an “A,” but he was a half-step off in the postseason while trying to make up for absence of Russell Westbrook.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: June 1, 2013

Defense (B): A terrific help defender. Physical and smart. Covers up a lot of teammates' mistakes. Would have been an “A,” but he was a half-step off in the postseason while trying to make up for absence of Russell Westbrook.

Shooting (A): For the second straight season, Collison flirted with .600 field-goal percentage. He makes the most of what he's given, either by cleaning up misses or hitting open jumpers.

Rebounding (B): For the fifth straight season, his rebounds-per-game average (4.1) dipped slightly from the previous year, but minutes played also dipped for third straight season.

Longevity (A): One of the healthiest seasons in Collison's career. He has two years left in a four-year deal that was front-loaded. He keeps getting more affordable. Takes a pay cut of $343,665 each season.

Leadership (A): It's hard to find an NBA player who is a better combination of intelligence and unselfishness. Don't know how Sam Presti feels about retiring jerseys/numbers, but Collison might become the first in franchise history.