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Oklahoma City Thunder preview: Why Nick Collison should be known as 'Sir Charge'

NICK COLLISON — The Thunder's reserve power forward has many more defensive tactics than just the charge card.
BY JOHN ROHDE, Staff Writer, Published: December 18, 2011

Collison has taken 108 charges the last two seasons, which leads the league. Collison, who plays power forward and center, is followed by two point guards in that category – J.J. Barea with 106 and Derek Fisher with 102.

Asked if he ever follows the overall standings on charges taken, Collison said: “They (coaches) tell me about it sometimes. I'm trying to draw a charge every chance I get anyway. I like to be up there in the tops in the league, for sure.”

A strong argument could be made that Collison was the Thunder's Most Valuable Player during the playoff run last season.

If Collison doesn't belly-up to bulky Memphis power forward Zach Randolph, the Thunder probably doesn't survive the second round against the Grizzlies.

If Collison doesn't at least impede a runaway train in Dallas forward Dirk Nowitzki, the Thunder likely would have been swept and thoroughly embarrassed by the Mavericks in the Western Conference Finals.

There is no need for OKC fans to start an all-defensive team campaign on behalf of Collison, however. Your respect will suffice.

“That's the least of my concerns,” Collison said of being selected. “It'd be nice, but I'd much rather be able to defend well enough to help us win.”