Darren Collison

Darren Collison
Darren Collison
Collison in December 2008
No. 2   Indiana Pacers
Point guard
Personal information
Date of birth August 23, 1987 (1987-08-23) (age 24)
Place of birth Rancho Cucamonga, California
Nationality American
High school Etiwanda HS,
Rancho Cucamonga, California
Listed height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight 160 lb (73 kg)
Career information
College UCLA (2005–2009)
NBA Draft 2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 21st overall
Selected by the New Orleans Hornets
Pro career 2009–present
Career history
2009–10 New Orleans Hornets
2010–present Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com

Darren Michael Collison (born August 23, 1987) is an American professional basketball point guard for the Indiana Pacers. He was drafted 21st overall in the 2009 NBA Draft by New Orleans. He is a right-hander and a native of Rancho Cucamonga, California. Collison was widely considered to be one of the top point guard prospects in the 2009 NBA Draft coming out of UCLA.[1]

He was awarded the MVP of the Maui Invitational Tournament in December 2006 and was named the Pacific 10 Conference Player of the Week on December 4, 2006, and again on February 18, 2007. His parents Dennis and June (Griffith) were both elite track and field athletes for Guyana.[2]

Collison grew up as a fan of the University of Arizona, but was not recruited by Arizona. He chose UCLA over San Diego State University[3] to serve as a backup to Jordan Farmar in the 2005–06 season. Collison became the starting point guard the following season.


College career

Collison at the 2008 Pac-10 Championship game

During the 2006–07 season, Collison averaged 2.2 steals per game—the most in the Pacific 10 Conference.[2] He also averaged 5.7 assists (2nd in the Pac 10), as well as a three-point shooting percentage of 44.7 percent.[4] Collison returned to UCLA for his junior and senior years and ended up playing in a total of 142 games at UCLA, tied for the most ever. In his senior year in 2009, he was named to the All-Pac-10 team after averaging 14.4 points, 4.7 assists, and 1.6 steals per game. He led the conference in free throw percentage, and was third in assists, steals, and assists-to-turnover ratio. Collison won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award that year, awarded to the best college player 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) or shorter.[5] He was also named the Bruins' co-Most Valuable Player (MVP) along with Josh Shipp.[6]

NBA Career

Collison declared himself eligible for the 2009 NBA Draft and was selected 21st overall by the New Orleans Hornets.

With Chris Paul out for months at two separate times during the 2009-2010 season, Collison became the starting point guard. Collison handed out a Hornets rookie-record 18 assists and scored 17 points on January 30, 2010 when New Orleans ended Memphis's 11-game home winning streak with a 113–111 overtime victory. Later on March 8, 2010, Collison broke his own record with a Hornets rookie-record 20 assists (along with 16 points) in a 135–131 victory over the Golden State Warriors. In a game against the Indiana Pacers on February 19, 2010, Collison became only the second rookie of the 2009-2010 season to get a triple-double with 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 12 assists. He finished 4th in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting and averaged 18.8 points and 9.1 assists, but had four turnovers a contest as a starter in his first NBA season. On August 11, 2010, the Hornets traded Collison and James Posey to the Indiana Pacers in a four-team, five-player deal.[7]

NBA Statistics

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

2009–10 New Orleans 76 37 27.8 .477 .400 .851 2.5 5.7 1.0 .0 12.4
2010–11 Indiana 79 79 29.9 .457 .331 .871 2.8 5.1 1.1 .2 13.2
Career 155 116 28.8 .467 .364 .862 2.7 5.4 1.1 .1 12.8


2010–11 Indiana 5 5 29.2 .391 .667 .636 2.6 4.0 1.0 .4 9.4
Career 5 5 29.2 .391 .667 .636 2.6 4.0 1.0 .4 9.4

Awards and recognition

  • 2004 CIF Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year[2]
  • 2005 CIF Southern Section I-AA Player of the Year[2]
  • 2007 All-Pac-10 First Team[8]
  • 2008 All-Pac-10 Second Team[9]
  • 2008 Pac-10 Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player[10]
  • 2008 Associated Press Third Team All-American[2]
  • 2008 Collegeinsider.com All-Defensive Team (along with teammate Russell Westbrook)[11]
  • 2009 All-Pac-10 First Team[8]
  • 2009 honorable mention in the AP All-America basketball teams.[12]
  • 2009 UCLA Bruins co-MVP (along with Josh Shipp)[6]
  • February Western Conference Rookie of the Month 2010

See also



External links

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