So I have a friend who constantly complains about the Lakers having Derek Fisher as the starting PG. While it is true Fisher's production has definitely dropped, though he was never incredibly productive(averaging 13.3 ppg and 4.3 apg during his second year in GSW, last year he averaged 6.8 ppg and 3.1 apg).
When looking at these stats, they are rather underwhelming for a modern day NBA starting PG, but one must understand that Fisher has is playing in the Triangle Offense, an offense that does not necessarily require a high scoring point guard or one that dishes out a ton of assists. Fish also plays with rather amazing players around him, with the like of Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom around him, it is no wonder he doesn't score much himself. Not to mention, arguably, the greatest player alive, Kobe Bryant, is also there.
So to get to the main point of this post and to stop making excuses for Fisher's lack of production, I love Fisher because of his leadership in the team and his ability to make plays when the team needs it. I am sure everyone reading this post can remember at least one moment Fisher drained a three or made a big play to win a crucial game.
I also love the toughness Fisher brings to the Lakers. Aside from being the Lakers' resident Iron Man, he also tackled the hell out of Luis Scola:
So in conclusion, I believe that Derek Fisher, as a Laker, still brings a great deal to the organization, both on and off the floor and these intangibles are key parts of what have led the Lakers to some of our recent trips finals.
What do you all think?