OKC Thunder: Derek Fisher is playing his best basketball since joining Thunder

Fisher's productive play has done more than enough to quell any doubts about whether he should be receiving minutes.
by Anthony Slater Published: February 12, 2014


photo - Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher, who’s been in the league since the 1996-97 season, is the former president of the NBA players’ association.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City’s Derek Fisher, who’s been in the league since the 1996-97 season, is the former president of the NBA players’ association. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Fisher's threes typically coincide with the start of a Thunder run.

When OKC looked on the verge of getting blown out in Miami, Fisher drilled two first quarter triples and the tables immediately turned. He finished 5-of-5 from deep in that crucial win.

On Tuesday night in Portland, an early Fisher three sparked a previously struggling Thunder offense, and a late Fisher three started what turned out to be a vital 7-0 fourth quarter spurt.

“It seems like he always hits them at big times,” Collison said. “Of course, he's known for the legendary late-in-the-games, but when he does it, a lot of times it's in the second quarter and we go on a run.”

Collectively, Fisher has been an important part of a Thunder second-unit that has consistently outplayed its counterpart as of late.

In the past 18 games, Fisher has had a positive plus/minus in 15 of them. Combined, OKC has outscored opponents by 97 points when he is on the court.

And it's not just his shooting. In spurts, he's been a disruptive perimeter defender.

“Defensively, he's one of our best guards at fighting over screens, at being in the right place on helps, bump and cut and things like that,” Collison said. “So he's really big for us.”

And even when Westbrook returns, Fisher still figures to play an important role.

Given his documented respect for Fisher, it's hard to imagine coach Scott Brooks cutting him out of the rotation. He trusts Fisher too much.

And with the way he's been playing lately, so do Thunder fans.


by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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