Derek Fisher is the kind of point guard every coach would love to have. Good passer, excellent shooter, plays solid defense, dives after loose balls, takes charges, and is a leader on the court.
Fisher was drafted by the Lakers in 1996 and played with them until 2004. He returned to the Lakers last season after short stints with the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz from 2004 to 2007.
Fisher was an important piece for the Lakers as they won three consecutive NBA titles from 2000 to 2002. Once again, Fisher is a key component as the Lakers look to get back to the Finals and win their first championship since that 2002 season.
On the court, Fisher is perhaps best known for his miraculous shot in game five of the 2004 Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs.
With just 0.4 seconds left in the game, and the Lakers down by one, Gary Payton looked to pass the ball in bounds, and with the first two options heavily guarded, passed the ball to Fisher, who caught the ball, turned and shot the ball at the basket.
Being a southpaw was the reason Fisher was able to get the shot off in time. Had he been right-handed, he would have had to turn his body in the opposite direction before shooting, and there simply was not enough time for that to happen.
The Lakers finished off the Spurs, as well as the T-Wolves in the next round, only to be defeated in the NBA Finals 4-1 by the Detroit Pistons.