Collison ready to play

Danny Fortson agrees. I think Nick will contend for rookie of the year this year, I've just got a feeling he's going to be INTENSE:

But McMillan's appreciation for KU's No. 2 career rebounder and No. 3 scorer has increased.

"What we've found is Nick really understands the game," McMillan said. "He's comfortable with himself and what he does. He doesn't try to do too much. You can tell him something and right away he knows exactly what he should do and where he's supposed to be."

If that comes as a surprise to the Sonics, it makes you wonder what they were watching as they scouted Collison at KU. As the son of his high school coach, his game was always first and foremost about playing smart.