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Oklahoma City Thunder: Roundtable on Nick Collison

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Collison.
Oklahoman Published: June 18, 2014

Thunder roundtable: Did Nick Collison get enough playing time this season?

The Oklahoman staff writers discuss three topics surrounding Nick Collison:

1. Did Nick Collison get enough playing time this season?

Darnell Mayberry (beat writer) – There were times when it appeared that Collison needed to play more. But there were other times when, for whatever reason, he just wasn't as effective as we've grown accustomed to seeing him be. So it's hard to make an argument now that he deserved more minutes. If he got them, they would have come at the expense of younger players who needed playing time. So I've got no complaints with Collison's playing time this season.

Anthony Slater (beat writer) – I think so. Only 10 minutes per game in the postseason seems a bit light, especially considering he started two games. But a ton of that had to do with the emergence of Steven Adams. Backup centers rarely near 20 minutes. Adams had earned that much every night. He was far more impactful than Collison would have been. And with the rotational shrinking that comes in every playoffs, Collison was the odd big man out.

Berry Tramel (columnist) – Yes. Nick Collison is 33 years old. He's not the same player he was four years ago, or two years ago. He still can have his moments — like Game 6 against the Clippers, when Collison played virtually the entire game. But his defense and rebounding aren't quite what they were a couple of years ago. He still shows flashes, but there are gaps.

2. Bigger role next season: Perry Jones or Nick Collison?

Mayberry – Until I see more out of PJ3, I'll say Collison. He's an experienced and smart player. And he's a better post defender. Jones will have to take minutes from Collison. They won't be given to him. Is he ready to do that?

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