The Oklahoma City Thunder signed 38-year old Derek Fisher yesterday for the rest of the season.
Fisher has only played nine games this season with the Dallas Mavericks with the last one coming all the way back on Dec. 18.
Fisher was signed by the Thunder around the same time last year and was a big part of their playoff run.
What kind of impact will Fisher have with the Thunder this season?
The Thunder don’t exactly need a backup point guard right now like they did last year. Second year man Reggie Jackson has been playing great of late beating out Eric Maynor for the job and really becoming a sneaky weapon off the Thunder bench.
Jackson was only a rookie last year and after Maynor tore his ACL, the backup point guard position became a real weakness for the Thunder.
Fisher came in and did a decent job hitting some big shots in the playoffs and fitting in well with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden.
Fisher shouldn’t expect to come in this season and immediately become the backup point. If anything, he will be more of an insurance and possibly used in spot situations.
Thunder head coach Scott Brooks does love Fisher quite a bit though. He probably played him a little too much last year and in the playoffs. Brooks has always talked up Fisher’s leadership and the little things he brings to the team.
Fisher can bring a little defense and three-point shooting as well. He shot 43.5 percent from three for Dallas this season. Last year with the Thunder he shot 31.4 percent from three in the regular season and 37.5 percent in the playoffs.
Fisher is someone you can always trust in crunch time too. He won’t shy away from any big shot and is one of the best at spacing the floor and getting his team’s stars in the right position.
If Fisher starts playing big minutes for the Thunder this season, it won’t be a good sign. It will mean that Jackson isn’t cutting it and the Thunder are forced to resort to a 38-year old.
You know Brooks will love playing Fisher in crunch time which won’t be the best thing for the Thunder. Going small is great at the end of games but when small means Fisher and Westbrook in the backcourt, that’s taking it too far.
If small becomes Westbrook, Durant, Martin, Ibaka/Collison and Sefolosha/Brewer, then that’s more like it.
Fisher won’t have a huge impact on the Thunder this season. There is nothing wrong with the signing and it made sense but don’t expect the Thunder to be any more prepared for the playoffs now because of Fisher.
The Thunder play their next game tomorrow night at home vs. the New Orleans Hornets. We may get a chance to see the debuts of Fisher and Ronnie Brewer then.