Derek Fisher is Taking Away Minutes from Better Players

By Jared Porter
Mark D. Smith – USA TODAY Sports

In the last four games for the Oklahoma City ThunderDerek Fisher has gone 0-12 from the field. For those of you who are bad at math, that is 0 percent shooting.

Sure, Derek Fisher brings great veteran leadership to the team, but it does not mean he should be getting minutes over more-capable players on the Thunder roster. Fisher has averaged 13.7 minuter per game since he was acquired by the Thunder this season. Whenever he is on the court, he is taking away minutes from the likes of Jeremy LambPerry Jones IIIReggie Jackson and Ronnie Brewer. 

Fisher brings very little to the table. He is old, slow, not that great of a shooter and a terrible defender. Why not give some of the younger players for the Thunder a chance at playing?

For example, Lamb has developed leaps and bounds in the Thunder’s D-League team, the Tulsa 66ers. In 20 games with the 66ers, Lamb has averaged 21.4 points per game on 49 percent shooting. He also averages 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Lamb would be more of a threat at the shooting guard than Derek Fisher. He is a more-capable shooter, passer, rebounder and defender. Yet, Scott Brooks seems to be too stubborn to give the rookie a chance to prove himself.

Fisher was undoubtedly a great player back in his prime, but now he is showing his age of 38. It is likely that Fisher will retire after this season. For Brooks, it might seem wrong to not give Fisher some playing time in his final season. But the goal of becoming NBA champions will be hindered if Fisher continues to get playing time over the younger players on the Thunder’s roster.

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