When Derek Fisher begins to compete in the upcoming 25th season of “Dancing with the Stars” he’ll be the fourth NBA player to have competed for the Mirror Ball Trophy. But how will he do compared to those past contenders? The new season begins on September 18, so before he and his competitors start competing on the dance floor, let’s consider his pros and cons.
In the 1996 NBA draft Fisher was selected by the Los Angeles Lakers, and spent his first eight seasons with them. In the 13 regular seasons Fisher played with the L.A. Lakers, they managed to win the NBA Championship five times (2000-2002, 2009-2010). So he has the athleticism of a champion, which may be crucial given the number of athletes who have won the Mirror Ball Trophy in the past.
His pro partner on the dance floor will be Sharna Burgess. This will be her 10th consecutive season, and she has made it to the finals three times in the last five seasons. She finished in third place with Noah Galloway in season 20, second with Nick Carter in season 21, and second again with James Hinchcliffe in season 23. So she has experience getting her partners to the finish line.
While athletes have done well on the dance floor in the past, NBA players haven’t fared as well yet. Clyde Drexler came in eighth place in season four. Rick Fox finished sixth in season 11. And Metta World Peace was the first to be eliminated in season 13.
While Sharna Burgess has made it to the finals three times before, she hasn’t won the Mirror Ball Trophy yet, and her results in the rest of her seasons have been a mixed bag. She came in seventh place with Andy Dick in season 16. She was the first to be eliminated with Keyshawn Johnson in season 17. Then she came in fifth place with Charlie White in season 18, 12th place with Tavis Smiley in season 19, fourth place with Antonio Brown in season 22, and fifth with Bonner Bolton last season.
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