Nick Collison’s Badass Screens Mixtape

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Nick Collison has been writing guest blog entries for GQ where he gives its readers an inside-look into the NBA. In his latest entry, Collison talks about how he has been able to carve out an NBA career by focusing on the details of the game after being selected #12 overall in the 2003 draft.

If you can become really good at things like screening, passing, defending pick and rolls, communicating, boxing out and rotating defensively, you can have a huge affect on your team winning a game. If those parts of your game become a habit and you develop consistency, you are going to be valuable to your team and have a long career.

Collison, usually among the league leaders in charges drawn, has been able to find his role on the Thunder allowing Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant to shine. But being the type of player that Collison is also has its drawbacks.

The hard part is being able to have the focus to do it over and over again, knowing you aren’t going to get a lot of credit. Doing a great job of talking on defense won’t get you any high-paying endorsement deals. Nobody is making a YouTube mix of all your badass screens with a Rick Ross track playing over it. (I’m not saying I would complain if someone did this for me.)

Royce Young of the saw this and created one of the best mixtapes you’ll see completely devoid of buckets. Collison shows off his ability to take charges, run the pick-and-roll and play heady basketball. Sick!


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