With Darren Collison missing time with a sprained finger and lackluster backups in Dominique Jones and Rodrigue Beaubois, the Dallas Mavericks are in desperate need of a point guard. And with Derek Fisher on the market, Dallas made a smart decision in signing the aging but experienced veteran to a deal today. Fisher will enter his 17th NBA season in Mavericks’ colors after not being resigned by the Oklahoma City Thunder, who no longer needed him with Eric Maynor healthy and capable as a backup point guard.
Fisher won’t completely turn around Dallas’ recent losing skid, as the Dirk Nowitzki-less Mavericks have dropped 7 of their last 10. But he will provide stability and poise to a team that was never deep at the point guard position to begin with. Even with everyone healthy, Collison is an inconsistent starter at best. Fisher will bring consistency, even if he probably doesn’t have too much left in the tank at this point. And once Collison’s finger is healed, Fisher will make a terrific backup point guard who could make a formidable combination of experience with Nowitzki once he makes his way back onto the court again.
Derek Fisher has signed a deal with the Dallas Mavericks, who desperately need a quality PG.
With the new NBA season starting in just six days, here’s a look at my preseason rankings for the 2012-13 season. Here’s the article covering the lower half of the NBA and here’s the article on the league’s top 15 teams.
The Oklahoma City Thunder gained a valuable asset in the signing of Derek Fisher today, adding the five-time NBA champion to their roster for the remainder of the season. The Thunder are currently sitting atop the West despite losing their backup point guard, Eric Maynor, to a knee injury in January that took him out for the season.
Although Derek Fisher is only averaging 5.9 ppg this year, but this is a good move by OKC in adding a backup to give Russell Westbrook more breathers. Fisher bring championship experience and can hit big shots when his team needs it most. So despite his low field goal percentage, this signing will allow Westbrook to be more explosive when he’s on the floor if he gets more rest time and Fisher should be able to kick in a few points every night off the bench.
The Thunder are heavy favorites in the Western Conference and look poised to make a championship run behind Kevin Durant, Westbrook and James Harden. Fisher brings experience and the knowledge of how to win big postseason games that is invaluable to a young and talented team like the Thunder. It should be interesting to see if this signing becomes as beneficial as it looks on paper.
Derek Fisher will bring championship experience to a young and talented Oklahoma City team