Thank you 2K Insider for continuing to ruin player ratings by listening to homers rather than actual analysis/data.
87 Fisher (+7 boost)
Derek Fisher is 35 years old, no longer a better defender than Sasha Vujacic or even Shannon Brown. He is now rated 4 points behind Rajon Rondo, 4 points ahead of Trevor Ariza, and 14!!! points ahead of Chris Paul.
DRTG (pts allowed per 100 possessions) of all Lakers with 1000+ mins
Fisher was dead last on the team. Let's check out the playoff numbers..
Odom 101 (+1)
Gasol 102 (+3)
Ariza 103 (-1)
Bynum 103 (+1)
Kobe 104 (+2)
Walton 104 (+3)
It's surely notable that the rest of the starting 5 stepped it up, while Fisher remained the worst on the team.
So why the boost to his defense? It's ludicrous. Were the Lakers REALLY not good enough defensively? What PG hasn't lit Fisher up? TROY HUDSON torched Fisher en route to a 30 million dollar contract, and that was six years ago! They think he's better now that he' slowing due to age?
The best part is we get no explanation at all or even a notification of the change from the 2K "Insider".