Derek Fisher - Golden State Warriors
Sixth Man Award

Recorded five double-doubles (points/assists) over 15-game stretch in March -- after posting just three in first nine seasons of career ... Leads the Warriors in three-point percentage (.397) and free throw percentage (.831) ... Fourth on the team in points (13.2), second in assists (4.3) and second in steals (1.53) ... Is the only Warrior to appear in every game this season.

Our take:
What do you want out of the first guy off your bench? Versatility? Check. Veteran leadership? Check. Instant offense? Check. Derek Fisher is exactly the kind of sixth man every team needs. He can come in for Baron Davis or he can play alongside him. He can run the point or play off the ball. He is there to help a young rookie like Monta Ellis adjust to the league. And of course, he's going to give you good numbers.
-- John Schuhmann

From the coach:
I think Derek's a steadying influence. Every now and again, he gets a little out of his territory in terms of shooting shots... handling the ball and he's making good decisions and he's a guy you have to guard and he's very tough defensively.
-- Mike Montgomery, Contra Costa Times

A fan's take:
He's the man. He's efficient, and now as the starter, he makes the Warriors look more intelligent on the court. The maturity he brings to that young team is nothing to be measured by statistics. If he's still with them next year, I think he, with or without B-Diddy, will help that team to improve. Plus, he had a couple of games in a row with 10 assists. For Fisher, that's amazing!
-- AJ - Honolulu, Haw.

The Numbers:
81 35 31.5 13.2 2.6 4.3 1.53 0.10 .411 .397 .831

Sixth Man Award - The Candidates:
Speedy Claxton - New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
Derek Fisher - Golden State Warriors
Mike Miller - Memphis Grizzlies
Jerry Stackhouse - Dallas Mavericks
Antoine Walker - Miami Heat

Others worth consideration: Earl Boykins, Channing Frye, Devin Harris, Eddie House, Bobby Jackson, Fred Jones, Alonzo Mourning, Ronald Murray, Charlie Villanueva, Maurice Williams

Most Improved Player
Rookie of the Year
Defensive Player of the Year
Coach of the Year
Most Valuable Player

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