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Oklahoma City Thunder: Grading Derek Fisher's 2013-14 season

Taking a look at veteran guard Derek Fisher’s performance this season.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: June 7, 2014

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.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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