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Oklahoma City Thunder: Derek Fisher, once a little-known guard, to become NBA leader in postseason games played

On Tuesday night, in one of the more unlikely NBA success stories, Fisher will likely enter Game 5 of the Thunder-Grizzlies series at some point in the first half. And in doing so, he will pass seven-time champion Robert Horry for the most postseason games played in NBA history – 245 and counting.
by Anthony Slater Published: April 28, 2014

He’s taken that winning mentality to every stop since, building an impeccable reputation and enviable résumé along the way.

“Unbelievable,” Al Flanigan, one of Fisher’s assistant coaches back in high school, said of his former pupil’s feat. “A dream come true for us (in Little Rock). I’m so proud of him.”

Since the 1996 season, Fisher’s 244 postseason games are more than any NBA franchise. The Lakers have played in 227, the Spurs 219, the Thunder/Sonics 101, the Bobcats eight.

“That’s greatness walking with us,” Kevin Durant said. “A guy that’s been around so many great players, won so many championships and played so many minutes. You can only marvel at that.”

Fisher has appeared in 24 more playoff games than Kobe Bryant, 30 more than Tim Duncan and 68 more than the next active player. The record will soon be his and the count is still ticking. It might be a long time before someone knocks him from that impressive pedestal.

“It wasn’t about being an All-Star, wasn’t about averaging the most points, the most minutes, the best field goal percentage,” Fisher said. “Winning was always the equalizer, it was the way for me to say to people: ‘Look at what I can do because my team won’. That’s what I carry on my chest the most. My team wins more than your team does.”

And he has played in more postseason games than you, too.

Most playoff games played in NBA history

1. Derek Fisher; 244

2. Robert Horry; 244

3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; 237

4. Kobe Bryant; 220

5. Shaquille O’Neal; 216

6. Tim Duncan; 214

7. Scottie Pippen; 208

8. Danny Ainge; 193

8. Karl Malone; 193

10. Magic Johnson; 190

11. Julius Erving; 189

12. Robert Parish; 184

13. Byron Scott; 183

14. John Stockton; 182

15. Dennis Johnson; 180

16. Michael Jordan; 179

17. Rasheed Wallace; 177

18. Tony Parker; 176

19. John Havlicek; 172

20. Horace Grant; 170

21. Kevin McHale; 169

21. Dennis Rodman; 169

23. Michael Cooper; 168

24. Sam Perkins; 167

25. Bill Russell; 165

Most playoff games by an active player

1. Derek Fisher; 244

2. Kobe Bryant; 220

3. Tim Duncan; 214

4. Tony Parker; 176

5. Manu Ginobili; 160

6. Ray Allen; 154

7. Chauncey Billups; 146

8. LeBron James; 141

9. Paul Pierce; 140

10. Tayshaun Prince; 137

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as'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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