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Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Evaluating Nick Collison's season

The Oklahoman's Thunder writers discuss Nick Collison's 2012-13 season and his greatest asset.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: June 1, 2013

1. Based on what transpired against Memphis, has Nick Collison's game slipped?

Darnell Mayberry: I'm not ready to say that. I think he just had a bad series. It happens. He's still great at what he does. And he can still do that for years to come.

John Rohde: It was one of Collison's most productive seasons ever, setting or being near several career highs. However, his postseason performance left a bad taste in the mouth, primarily because of his limited playing time due to foul trouble. It's still somewhat astounding how many fouls were called on him against Memphis — 26 fouls in 88 minutes.

Berry Tramel: It's possible that Collison's game has slipped, but it's still solid. I mean, the guy will be 33 on opening day 2013. He might need to limit his minutes during the regular season. That's not what anyone wants to hear in this age of send-Perkins-to-Siberia, and even though the Thunder could play small, that doesn't really help limit Kevin Durant's minutes, which needs to happen, too. So I don't know.

2. Why aren't there more players like Collison?

Mayberry: Who wants to sign up for that? Scoring is sexy. Alley-oops are amazing. Defense and diving on the floor is dirty work. Very few players volunteer for that job.

Rohde: Because doing the dirty work and not caring about getting any credit is not a gig that appeals to many NBA players. It takes a special person, with special skills and a special mentality to pull it off.

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