• Collison started in five of the 75 games he played in this season and finished with averages of 5.9 points and 5.1 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game.

  • Collison led the league in charges drawn with 57.

  • Collison's 58.9 percent shooting average led the Thunder.

  • Collison scored in double figures 13 times and recorded two double-doubles.

  • Collison grabbed six or more rebounds in 35 games.

  • Collison hit the game-winning free throws with 4.5 seconds left in the Thunder's New Year's Eve win over the Utah Jazz.

  • Collison made his first career 3-pointer against the Jazz on April 6.

  • Collison averaged 10.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in four games against the Mavericks this season.

Seldom has a game gone by without Nick Collison putting his body on the line. Collison played a majority of the 2008-09 season with two broken fingers, prompting him †to joke that he still has 80 percent of his fingers.

Collison has shown no fear ever since he came into the league as a decorated collegiate player in 2003, even after missing his entire rookie season after having surgery on both shoulders. And that attitude hasnít changed heading into this season.

Collison has developed a reputation for doing the intangibles.

He gets on the floor for loose balls. He has a nose for rebounding. Heís never backed down from a challenge. And heís proven capable of hitting the open midrange jumper. Collisonís contributions often are not found in the score box.

One of his biggest plays of last season helped the Thunder to one of its biggest wins. Against the Toronto Raptors on Dec. 19, Collison wrestled Torontoís Chris Bosh for an offensive rebound that gave Oklahoma City another possession late in the game and resulted in a basket that gave the Thunder some breathing room en route to a 91-83 victory.

Collison learned how to play the game of basketball from his father, Dave, who coached him in high school in his hometown of Iowa Falls, Iowa.