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Dallas Mavericks Will Benefit from New Starting Point Guard Derek Fisher, Moving Collison to Bench Role

December 3rd, 2012 at 4:49 PM
By Kevin Rodriguez

Despite the apparent negative feelings coming from Darren Collison, the Dallas Mavericks should improve at the point guard position by more than likely cementing newly-acquired 17-year veteran Derek Fisher in the starting lineup, while movie Collison to the backup point guard position on the bench.

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Collison has pretty much voiced his displeasure with the situation, saying 'it is what it is."

The first-year Mavs guard is rightfully disappointed by losing his starting job 17 games into the season. But in the grand scheme of things, all parties can benefit from this new situation.

During Fisher's stint with the Oklahoma City Thunder last year, Fisher mentored point guard Russell Westbrook, and that, without question, helped Westbrook's development. His ongoing maturation helped the Thunder get to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Miami Heat.

Although Dallas head coach Rick Carlisle is among the game's best coaches, it will benefit the Mavs even more, as well as Collison, to have a guy like Fisher who can lead by example, on and off the court. Fisher is a crafty veteran, much like Jason Kidd. He can calm down Collison and help by removing the turnovers and carelessness from Collison's game.

Remember, Collison dropped over 30 points on the Mavs in a game a few years back when he was still with the New Orlease Hornets. There is no question that he has potential.

It is maximizing that potential that is still in question, and Fisher can help with Collison's development.

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Los Angeles Clippers in LA on Wednesday night.


Tags: Basketball, Dallas, Dallas Mavericks, Darren Collison, Derek Fisher, NBA, Rick Carlisle

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