3. DEREK FISHER, 2001
No disrespect is meant to Brian Shaw or Ron Harper, both consummate and capable veteran guards, but the 2000-01 guard situation in L.A. was a problem much like the 2012-13 season’s is with Chris Duhon and Darius Morris. Fisher sat for 62 games with a stress fracture in his foot (hello, Steve Nash?) and a fill-in cast waited Fisher’s comeback. His debut was a sign that things would be OK for the eventual champs. Fisher had 26 points, eight assists, six steals and four boards in L.A.’s win over Boston.