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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thuner Injury Update: Perry Jones and Nick Collison ready for training camp

By on 9/27/2014 04:15:00 PM

The Oklahoma City Thunder approach training camp coming off a season in which they fell just two games short of the NBA Finals. With 11 players on the roster under 25 years of age, the Thunder are a young, upcoming team that should only continue to improve. One player that improved from his rookie season to his second season was small forward Perry Jones. He went arthroscopic surgery in the off season, as well as center Nick Collison. The good news is that both are fine and ready for training camp.

Keith Allison via Wikimedia Commons

Jones underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee in mid July and was expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks. As for Collison, he looks fine after undergoing a scope on his left knee, according to Thunder general manager Sam Presti.

Anthony Slater, who covers the Thunder for The Oklahoman, tweeted the following on Jones and Collison.
Royce Young, NBA writer for, also confirmed the status of Jones and Collison.
Jones, who was 28th overall in 2012 out of Baylor, is second on the depth chart at power forward behind Serge Ibaka. Jones averaged 12.3 minutes per game in his second season, up from 7.4 minutes in his rookie season. He looks to make continued improvement to become a more reliable forward off the bench in 2014-2015.

 Jones averaged 2.3 points on just 39.4 person shooting from the floor in his rookie season. He improved his shooting percentage to 45.9 percent last season and his scoring average to 3.5 points per game. 

Collison, entering his 11th NBA season, averaged 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds last season. In 750 career games, Collison is averaging 6.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.

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