Pacers Point Guard Darren Collison Retires From NBA


Pacers Point Guard Darren Collison Retires From NBA

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Pacers Point Guard Darren Collison Retires From NBA

On Friday night, Pacers veteran point guard Darren Collison decided to retire from the NBA after 10 seasons. Why did Collison decided to call it a career?

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INDIANAPOLISWell, the Pacers will now definitely be searching for a new starting point guard when free agency begins on Sunday evening.


That news became official late on Friday night when pending free agent Darren Collison decided to retire from the NBA after 10 seasons.


Collison, 31, shared that news with The Undefeated, saying the following:


Basketball has been my life since I was a child. I could never imagine finding anything that brings me more joy than I get from playing the game. While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.

With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA.

It’s a surprising decision by Collison, given that he would have garnered some interest on the free agent market, even if Indiana was going to go a different direction at point guard.


Just two years ago, Collison led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 assists with the Pacers last year.


With Collison now officially off the market, the Pacers are on the hunt for a new starting point guard.


Last year’s backup Cory Joseph is a free agent.


Aaron Holiday, the 2018 first-round pick of Indiana, is still probably at least a year away from Indiana wanting to give him the starting point guard reigns.


In 2009, Collison was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets with the 21st overall pick. He played for New Orleans, Indiana, Dallas, Los Angeles (Clippers) and Sacramento during his career.


Collison averaged double figures in points in all 10 of his NBA seasons.


He had two separate, two-year, stints with Indiana (2010-2012 and 2017-2019).

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