The Oklahoma City Thunder are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the NBA. Led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they are one game out of the top seed in the Western Conference, and already have 54 wins this season with eight games still left to be played. There’s no denying that they have the talent to make it back to the NBA Finals.
However, one of the puzzling things that has been going on with the Thunder is that Derek Fisher, who was just signed to the team a little over a month ago, has consistently been getting a handful of minutes. If this were the same Fisher that was at the helm of the Los Angeles Lakers when they were winning championships, Fisher playing would be largely beneficial. That said, he is nowhere close to the player that he was.
Fisher is 38-years old now and he has looked every bit of his age. Since signing with Oklahoma City, he has appeared in 17 games and has averaged 14.3 minutes per game. In those limited minutes, he has been absolutely atrocious, averaging just 3.1 points, 0.8 assists and 1.1 rebounds per game on 31.6 percent shooting from the field and 29 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
If the Thunder were depleted at the guard position, playing Fisher would make sense because they wouldn’t have options.
That’s not the case, though. Reggie Jackson has proven himself to be a more than capable backup point guard this season, which should pretty much complete their point guard rotation. However, Fisher has still been getting minutes.
As Oklahoma City heads into the playoffs, they should seriously consider burying Fisher on the bench and not even thinking about letting him see the floor. When he has played, he has slowed down the high-powered offense of the Thunder and has been more of a liability than an asset.
If he wants to try and get another championship ring, that’s fine. However, he has no business being in the rotation of a championship team with how he has been playing.