Contract Status: Under contract
While the internal improvement of the Lakers’ younger players and the trades for Gasol and Ariza certainly boosted team morale amid an injury-riddled season, Derek Fisher’s steady leadership and lethal outside shooting were instrumental in helping L.A. reach the NBA Finals. Returning from stints as a Warrior and Jazz, the 6’1” guard was fourth on the team in scoring with nearly 12 a game, on an impressive 41% from beyond the arc and 88% from the charity stripe.
Heading into next year, Fisher will likely once again start out the season as the team’s starting point guard. In 2007-08, Derek played over 27 minutes per game at the position with Farmar nabbing the other 20 or so. With the veteran one year older, the split might be a little more close to equal next year. Still, there are no signs of any major slow-down in Derek’s game as the twelfth year guard out of Arkansas-Little Rock played in all 82 games, even after it was revealed that he was playing with a partially torn ligament in his foot.