3-point shooting: A. Fisher enjoyed his best season from beyond the arc as a member of the Thunder. He shot 38.4 percent from that distance and 41.5 percent after the calendar flipped to 2014. Statistically, Fisher was the Thunder’s third-best 3-point shooter this season, behind Caron Butler (44.1 percent) and Kevin Durant (39.1 percent). Fish peaked in February, when he made 22 of 45 3-pointers (48.9 percent) and hit at least two 3s in eight of the month’s 11 games.
Playoff performance: C. Fisher’s regular-season hot hand eventually proved to be unsustainable. He tailed off considerably in the postseason, where his 3-point percentage dipped to 29.3 percent. He went 4-for-24 from 3-point range in the first two rounds, and even after an encouraging 4-for-6 shooting display from beyond the arc in Game 1 of the West Finals he went 4-for-11 from downtown the rest of the series. Defensively, Fisher had his moments, but they were few and far between and certainly not nearly as game-changing as what we saw when he locked up James Harden in last year’s postseason. Whether the reason was fatigue or a funk at the wrong time, Fisher’s finish was not what we expected.
Leadership: A. It showed up in so many ways. Casual conversations on the practice court. Pulling players aside during timeouts. Setting an example with his actions. Everything Fisher did when he was on the company’s time embodied the type of attitude and approach needed to be a true professional.
Defense: B. In various stretches throughout the regular season, Fisher was surprisingly solid on and off the ball defensively. He took the challenge of covering crafty point guards and lethal-scoring shooting guards. Despite his age and physical limitations, Fisher held his own in several of those showdowns. His 1.8 steals per 36 minutes were his fourth most of his career, illustrating just how much of a pest he was defensively. Whenever Fisher was scored on, it never was because of a lack of effort.
Impact: A. Beyond his on-court contributions, Fisher’s presence for a third season in OKC again provided a model of what professionalism looks like. If teammates didn’t learn something from Fisher, they must not have been paying attention. The Thunder talks often about players who have come through the “program” and left a lasting impact. The Thunder’s culture is better because of Fisher’s time in OKC.