2016 FBA Season/16.02.04/[email protected]/Capsule
Let’s face a hard truth: when thinking about top-class FBA point guards, the name Aragon Fisher (Otter, G) is not the first one that comes to mind. In a league that abounds with plenty of capable playmakers, such as Williamsburg’s franchise star Vera La Tiérra (Red Vixen, G), Tallahassee’s floor general Klaus Korber (Doberman, G)and even Valencia Zeraus (Lioness, G) of Queens and Newark fame, some good players are bound to go under the radar.
What’s strange about that, it’s tough to determine the true reason why this has happened to Fisher, among so many. The 25-year-old river otter from Ashland, Kentucky is now in his sixth pro season, and sitting prettier than many names on that list with a ring and a Finals MVP to his name. They both came during Tennessee’s wild title ride back in 2014, the culmination of four successful seasons in the Music City for a team that included seagull stalwart Jamie Velasquez (Seagull, G/F) and the dynamic bigfur duo of Paul Teronura (Otter, C) and Barry Carpenter (Beaver, F), among others.
The on-court chemistry between PT and Webpaw was a joy for the eyes, and although oftentimes the latter played second fiddle to the Brazilian-born giant lutrine, he managed to take the FBA’s spotlight in the moment that counted – that is, as I said before, the 2014 FBA Finals, where he managed to capture PotG in three of Tennessee’s four winning efforts against the Totems. Most sports insiders figured that award would mark the beginning of superstardom for a guy like Aragon, especially with PT’s retirement looming around the corner and the Rum Runners’ longing for a new, young franchise face.
It’s safe to say that intriguing prospective never materialized, as shortly into the 2014 off-season the Moonshiners’ new management decided to ship Teronura to Vegas, essentially crushing the fans’ dream of a back-to-back and forever changing the course of Aragon’s career – just as the young otter saw himself being shipped to Biloxi against his will in exchange for a few millions of cap space. Shortly after that upsetting deal, he went on record comparing his move to the Magnolia State as a “nightmare come true” and the eagerness with which Tennessee’s management had dumped him as an act of utter betrayal. Fisher’s on-court performance showed a clear drop as he spent most of the 2014-15 season in the shadow of veteran Sarah Lancaster (Cheetah, G) and Rookie All-Star Warren Doyle (Spotted Hyena/Coyote, G/F), right as Biloxi sank down the rankings.
But if there’s something you have to concede to Aragon Fisher, is that he never gave up on his new team – and his approach to the game is finally starting to pay its dues. Eighteen months after his trade to Biloxi, the talented point guard has seemingly found his stride as a core member of the Voodoo team that has been upsetting many powerhouses across the league during the first two months of regular season. And he definitely showed that level of contribution during last night’s 89-83 away win against the Seattle Summit, from which he escaped with a well-deserved PotG award.
Ever since the tip-off, Seattle’s PG Jeri Naranjo (Cacomistle, G) proved no match for Webpaw’s dexterity, as the young mustelid sank shot after shot much to the dismay of the Summit Nation. Daniel Quvianuq (Polar Bear, C)’s absence proved fatal for the home team, with only MVP candidate Jake Turner (Red Fox, C/F) – stepping in at C to supply for the injured DQ – and rookie sniper Niko McNamara (Meerkat, F/G) providing a true threat to Biloxi’s defense. After an early Seattle lead, Biloxi took the command in the second quarter and never relinquished it, two crucial longballs from Fisher late in the fourth quarter sealing the deal in the visitors’ favor.
Unsurprisingly, Aragon was elected Player of the Game with a season high of 22 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound and 1 steal. “I’ve never felt this comfortable on court in a long while,” the otter said in the post-game press conference, smiling from ear to ear as we haven’t seen him doing since his Moonshiner days. “Some nights are special like that. I felt confident enough to try me those treys, and my teammates trusted me enough to give me the job of hammering them home. I want to thank each and every player on the Voodoo for their unique contribute to such an amazing performance for our franchise”.
Such a class act couldn’t be ignored by Biloxi’s veteran sharpshooter Lucas Dupre (Red Fox, G), whose renowned unselfish demeanor and sportsmanship have found their match in the up-and-coming young star from Kentucky. To the vulpine’s remarks of his outstanding performance, Aragon didn’t lose his humble façade. “Having Lucas on the team is one of the main reasons I got my mojo back,” he said to our microphones. “When you go paw-to-paw daily with such an experienced player, you can’t help but pick something new from him every time you face each other. My time in Nashville was great, but I’ve come to the realization that’s a closed chapter in my career – I look forward to see what future can bring me and while the Moonshiner fans will always hold a special place in my heart, right now my future is in Biloxi and that’s the only place where I want to be”.
For those of us who have closely followed Aragon’s up-and-downs, this declaration of intent might sound a little insincere – but that’s where lies the force of the group Vincent Wei (Dhole, F) has been building. More than any other team in the league, this year’s Voodoo team looks like a group of people who genuinely like playing alongside each other, and a quiet, humble yet determined figure like Fisher is bound to be one of the key members of this success. But can these guys keep defying all odds and turn their improved chemistry and great team performance into a strong post-season run?
I genuinely don’t know, but I wouldn’t bet against them.