Oklahoma City Thunder roundtable: Evaluating Derek Fisher's season

Will Derek Fisher be back next season? The Oklahoman's NBA writers tackle that question and several others.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: May 31, 2013
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photo - NBA BASKETBALL: NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (6) puts up a three-point shot over Memphis' Mike Conley (11) during the second round NBA playoff basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
NBA BASKETBALL: NBA BASKETBALL: Oklahoma City's Derek Fisher (6) puts up a three-point shot over Memphis' Mike Conley (11) during the second round NBA playoff basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Memphis Grizzlies at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Sunday, May 5, 2013. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Rohde: Anyone who said he expected Fisher to play as well as he did, particularly against Houston, would be lying – and that includes Sam Presti, Scott Brooks and Derek Fisher himself.

Tramel: Fish played better than anyone expected. Including Fish himself. He turned back time. He became almost indispensible against Houston, then was solid against Memphis. The Thunder would have been in trouble without Fisher, at least against the Rockets.

3. Has Fish overstayed his welcome in the NBA?

Mayberry: Not at all. If a team is still willing to pay and play Fisher, clearly he's still welcomed. Besides, six players were older than Fisher this season: Kurt Thomas, Grant Hill, Juwan Howard, Jason Kidd, Steve Nash and Marcus Camby, in that order. Shoot, Howard is five wins away from capturing his second straight championship. If Fish can compete at this level until he's 40, more power to him.

Rohde: Dumb question. (And I should know. It was my question.)

Tramel: No. He's still an effective player. I think he could be the Daequan Cook of next year's team. A marksman who comes in to stretch the defense. He's not a backup point guard anymore, but he can still stand in the corner and shoot, and teams have to respect that. Plus, Fisher's defense was better than maybe we expected.



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