Gallery: Darren Collison's Career At A Glance
July 12, 2014
A native of Rancho Cucamonga, California, Darren Collison stayed close to home, committing to UCLA for the 2005-06 season.
Collison spent four seasons in the Bruins frontcourt playing in 142 career games. Over his final three seasons, he averaged more than 30 minutes per game and averaged double-digits in scoring.
The 6-foot, 160-pound point guard recorded a career-high 14.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game during his junior season in 2007-08.
Collison returned for his senior season and improved his shooting percentage. He made 50.9 percent of his attempts in his final year as a Bruin, while averaging 4.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
The New Orleans Hornets drafted Collison in the first round of the 2009 NBA Draft as the 21st overall pick.
Collison joined former Kings guard Marcus Thornton – who was drafted by Miami with the 43rd pick before traded to the Hornets – as New Orleans’ top draft picks.
Collison spent one season with the Hornets starting in 37 games and averaging 12.4 points, 5.7 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1 steal per game.
Unbeknownst to him, Collison was second in the rotation in New Orleans to Chris Paul – the duo would later play together in Los Angeles as well.
Late in February and early in March of 2010, Collison posted two 30-point outings in his rookie season. The first of which remains a career-high as he tallied 35 points on 15-of-21 shooting against Dallas.
Just one day after his second 30-point outing of the year, Collison posted a monster game against Golden State. He scored 16 points and dished out 20 assists – a New Orleans’ rookie record – as the Hornets beat the Warriors by 4 points.
Despite finishing fourth in the NBA Rookie of the Year voting, Collison was traded to the Indiana Pacers along with James Posey in a four-team, five-player deal.
In his first of two years with the Pacers, Collison started 79 games and averaged 13.2 points, 5.1 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.
Collison helped Indiana make the NBA Playoffs in 2011, but the Pacers were knocked out in the first round by the Chicago Bulls in five games.
In year number two with the team, Collison was bogged down by early season injuries. He started only 56 games and averaged 10.4 points, 4.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game.
Despite a down year from Collison, the Pacers still made the playoffs in 2012, but they were eventually knocked out in the second round by the Miami Heat.
On July 12, 2012, Indiana traded Collison to the Dallas Mavericks for Ian Mahinmi.
Collison joined Dirk Novitzki, O.J. Mayo, Chris Kaman and Shawn Marion in the Mavericks' starting lineup.
He played in 81 total games during the 2012-13 season, averaging 29.3 minutes, 12 points, 5.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Late in 2012, Collison nearly led a late-game comeback against the Oklahoma City Thunder. He led the Mavericks with 32 points on 13-of-22 shooting, including a 4-for-4 clip from beyond the arc.
With the Mavericks, Collison averaged 15.5 points per game against the Kings, including back-to-back 18-point outings late in the year.
On July 10, 2013, Collison signed a deal with the Los Angeles Clippers.
Reminiscent of his New Orleans days, Collison once again backed up Chris Paul at the point guard position.
When Paul went down with a shoulder injury, Collison shined in the starting lineup. Over an 18-game span, Collison averaged 13.3 points and 6.5 assists in 32.6 minutes per game. Los Angeles also went 12-6 during that stretch.
Collison was mentored by Head Coach Doc Rivers during his lone season in a Clippers uniform. Rivers pointed to Collison’s play as the reason the team posted a winning record without their All-Star point guard.
In all, Collison started 35 games last season and averaged 11.4 points, 4.9 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game as the Clippers wrapped up the third seed in the Western Conference.
After defeating Golden State in 7 games in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs, the Clippers faced Oklahoma City in the second round. In Game 4 of that series, the Clippers overcame a 22-point deficit to tie the series at 2–2, as Collison scored 12 of his 18 points in the final quarter to help lead his team to a 101–99 victory.
On July 10, 2014, Collison was officially introduced as a Sacramento King after signing a three-year deal.