Lakers Rumors: Should Derek Fisher's Minutes Go to Darius Morris?

Hadarii JonesSenior Writer IJuly 21, 2016

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Darius Morris #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers dribbles during the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2011 NBAE  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers rookie Darius Morris has yet to log an NBA minute this regular season, but after being forced to watch Derek Fisher continue to wilt before my eyes, I can't understand why.

What exactly is coach Mike Brown waiting for?

Morris may not be the answer to the Lakers problems at the point guard position, but he can't possibly be worse than Fisher. And if he is, Brown should at least take the time to find out.

Fisher's game has been deteriorating for the past several seasons, but this year, his numbers make it extremely difficult to justify Fisher's starter minutes.

Scoring has never been a major part of his game, but his 4.4 points per game average this year is exactly half of his career total, and what was Fisher's strongest asset has become arguably the Lakers greatest liability.

Fisher has always had the reputation as a tough defender, and while he still has the strength to defend bigger guards in the paint, he no longer has the quickness to stay in front of opponents on the perimeter.

It is becoming unbearable to watch Fisher continuously getting beat off the dribble by any point guard he plays, and in a season of overall uncertainty for the Lakers, their inability to defend the perimeter has been the one constant.

And Fisher is not alone, because backup Steve Blake's offense may have been rejuvenated in Brown's offensive scheme, but his defense may be just as bad as Fisher's.

However Blake is proving his worth by providing the Lakers with energy and timely perimeter shooting in reserve duty, while Fisher is merely eating up space and valuable minutes that could be going to Morris.

Brown has given a few minutes here and there to rookie Andrew Goudelock, but Goudelock is more of a scorer than a point guard, which is even stranger considering Morris plays the position where Brown needs help the most.

Could it be a trust issue with Morris, or has he done something to draw Brown's ire?

In Morris' only real action during the two-game preseason, he actually looked pretty good against the Clippers—scoring 11 points on 5-9 shooting and dishing out three assists while grabbing three rebounds.

Brown even gave Morris the nickname Wheels because of his constant motion on the court, but after that performance there has been nary a whisper heard concerning Morris (via CBS Sports).

And just what does Brown have to lose by playing Morris—especially after watching the Lakers get torched by the likes of Marcus Thornton, Kyle Lowery and others on a nightly basis?

One thing is painfully clear: The Lakers have no chance in hell of reaching the NBA Finals with Fisher as the starting point guard, and even though a deal for a point guard may be in the works, why not play Morris in the meantime?

Morris may not be the franchise's point guard of the future, but it sure would be nice if Brown would let us see that for ourselves.