Derek Fisher Will Help Get Dallas Mavericks Back on Track

Mike HoagCorrespondent IINovember 30, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Derek Fisher, President of the National Basketball Players Association speaks at a press conference after National Basketball Players Association  met to discuss the current CBA offer at Westin Times Square on November 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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The struggling Dallas Mavericks signed veteran point guard Derek Fisher on Nov. 28  to address concerns about their point guard position.

This move comes amidst a cold streak for the team playing without its star, Dirk Nowitzki. The Mavs could definitely use the veteran presence and positive attitude of a guy like Fisher.

The veteran guard has seen it all in the NBA, and then some. He’s patient and calm in the wake of turmoil, and is the perfect move for the Mavs to try to stop the bleeding. They have lost eight of their last 11 games after winning four of their first five.

Fisher also brings an added element that the Mavs are currently missing. He’s a court general, the type of player that can act as an extension of the head coach while on the floor.

That’s come from the vast experience he’s acquired through 16 seasons in the NBA.

You simply cannot replicate that type of commodity or understate its value to a team with a young backcourt like the Mavs.

Even more so, Fisher knows how to play to the tempo of a game. He’s been in every type of close game imaginable, and has excelled when the pressure was at its highest. 

That’s something the Mavs currently don’t have.

Their backcourt is currently compiled with an average experience of five years in the league. That number is inflated due to the presence of Vince Carter, who is the only true veteran on the unit.

With Fisher added to the mix, that number goes up to almost seven years. That’s a big jump, and one that will pay dividends immediately for the slumping Mavericks.

The success of this move will come down to how Darren Collison handles the situation.

He reportedly expressed his displeasure after coach Rick Carlisle gave Dominique Jones the starting nod at point guard in the team’s loss to Philadelphia on Nov. 27, according to Tim MacMahon of

Carlisle addressed those concerns, according to MacMahon:

Darren wants to win. He and I talk every single day and the biggest thing for him is he wants to win. This is going to be a great situation for him and it’s going to help our team.

Fisher is a true professional and a perfect mentor for the young and budding Collison.

These two will work together to help turn the tide of the season that’s starting to slip away from Dallas.