Oklahoma City Thunder: Season Grades – Derek Fisher

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May 31, 2014; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Derek Fisher (6) handles the ball against San Antonio Spurs center Tiago Splitter (22) and guard Danny Green (4) during the second quarter in game six of the Western Conference Finals of the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma City Thunder put together a 59-win regular season, but fell to the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals.

It was still a great year in many ways and today is the first of a series of articles that will look back at the 2013-14 season to evaluate everyone’s performance. We begin with Derek Fisher.

Already the subject of coaching rumors, Fisher—who turns 40 in August—hasn’t said yet whether or not he’s done playing.

Fisher’s 18th season in the league was his most active since 2010-11, when he started 82 games for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Fisher was moderately productive and had his moments in 2013-14, particularly when he was able to go off from long range, but in 17.6 minutes per game, he averaged 5.2 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists and shot 39.1 percent overall.

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  • Pessimisticchiefsfan

    Brooks playing fisher so long at the end of game 6 agaisnt the spurs was crazy. His best days were about 8 years ago.

    • Phil Watson

      Yeah, it was almost beyond crazy. Brooks’ loyalty to less productive veteran players will be a recurring theme, I’m afraid, as I go through the roster.

  • “A Reasonable Person”

    Since Fisher’s positive impact is limited to the locker room, and it is well documented that he is so slow on defense that he is a liability, and makes minimal offensive contribution, the locker room (not the court during game time) is the only place where Fisher’s # should have been called ahead of Lamb. Lamb should have been playing ahead of Fisher and Butler (another minimal contributor). And, in the third quarter of game 6 against the Spurs (when Diaw was going off) and the Spurs’ bench was running away with the game, Brooks had better defenders on his bench that he could have at least tried on Diaw….his coaching decisions make no sense….There is a reason why Adams improved with the playing time he received while Perkins was out…..with playing time, earlier in the season, Lamb was showing the same kind of progressive improvement….but, when Butler was acquired (and even Fisher playing ahead of him), Lamb’s playing time and development (for the play-offs) was non-existent…..Fisher is gone, I hope, and Brooks should either adapt his coaching philosophy or step aside, if this team is going to win at the next level..

    • Phil Watson

      Brooks has shown a tendency (outside of Durant, Westbrook and Ibaka) to not trust younger players. I can’t disagree with that assessment.