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Oklahoma City Thunder report card: Derek Fisher earns solid grades

Grading the Thunder's veteran point guard for his 2012-13 performance.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: May 31, 2013
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photo - Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher makes a three pointer during Game 2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena In Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher makes a three pointer during Game 2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena In Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

Leadership (A): Five NBA championships; 240 postseason games; 1,206 career games; 15 postseasons in 17 seasons; played all 82 regular-season games nine times; president of the NBPA.

Shooting (B): Granted, the man goes through some dry spells, but when his rainmaker is on-target, is there anything more demoralizing for an opponent than not being able to stop a 38-year-old man?

Poise (B): Got to be honest, his poise slipped a bit this year with some shockingly poor decisions, like the intercepted inbound pass in the closing seconds of Game 4 at Memphis. But he is still incredibly wise.

Defense (B): His defense is much better than people realize. Yes, one-on-one, he'll often get toasted. But his positioning, intelligence and physicality are undeniable strengths and make him a solid team defender.

Ball-handling (C): In his career, Fisher has an assist/turnover ratio of 2.59, which is outstanding for a point guard. However, it's been 1.57 in his two seasons with OKC and was just 1.0 this postseason.


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