Best Moments of Derek Fisher's Career Entering Final NBA Season

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Best Moments of Derek Fisher's Career Entering Final NBA Season
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Guys like Derek Fisher are the reason lifetime achievement awards were invented. A five-time champion who's never made an All-Star team, the 38-year-old veteran's veteran isn't finished keeping the ends of games interesting. Not quite.

Fisher announced on Wednesday that he'll play the 2013-14 season with the Oklahoma City Thunder—and that it will be his last.

No one should be too surprised. After 17 seasons, the consummate pro has settled into a limited role. Playing spot minutes off the bench, he may be as close as today's NBA gets to a player-coach. For a young team like the Thunder, that coaching part is almost certainly where he adds the most value.

Future highlights will be few and far between, but fortunately we have a career's worth of pretty good ones. Never one to stuff the stat sheet, Fisher ranks with former-teammate Robert Horry as one of the most clutch role players we'll ever see.

Here's why.

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