Ramon Sessions may be the key to the Los Angeles Lakers winning the NBA Championship this season.
No, I am not crazy thank you very much.
The trade of Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Lakers in exchange for Luke Walton and a 2012 first round draft pick has changed the outlook of the Lakers season completely.
It gave the team the one thing they have been in dire need of all year.
A point guard who isn’t completely useless.
With all due respect to one Derek Fisher, he wasn’t cutting it anymore on the court for the Lakers. He is a 37 year old point guard who isn’t able to keep up with the young crop of elite guards in the NBA. Now Ramon Sessions isn’t a Chris Paul or Russell Westbrook, but I have more faith in his ability at this stage of his career than I do Fishers.
Sessions can allow Kobe Bryant to be less of a facilitator and more of the natural scorer that he is. With Fisher and Steve Blake running the offense, Bryant had to overcome their shortcomings as mediocre point guards and take over the game himself.
In 4 games for the Lakers, Sessions has averaged 12 points, 6 assists and 3 rebounds coming off the bench. That’s the highest offensive output from any point guard on the Lakers roster in years. Those are the numbers that are to be expected from Sessions on a regular basis.
Which begs the question….
Why isn’t Sessions the starter yet?
With Fisher now playing in Oklahoma City, Steve Blake has stepped in as the new starting point guard for the team. In his 4 starts, Blake’s numbers have been dreadful.
Against Minnesota: 28 minutes, 0 points, 2 rebounds, 6 assists
Against Utah: 26 minutes, 0 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
Against Houston: 18 minutes, 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists
Against Dallas: 17 minutes, 3 points, 0 rebounds, 2 assists
The Lakers went 2-2 over that 4-game span.
The proof is in the pudding, Steve Blake is not a starter in this league.
Ramon Sessions is.
It’s pretty safe to say that this is only a temporary fix to get Sessions accustomed to the Lakers offense and style of play. If he isn’t the clear-cut starter by the playoffs, I’d be very surprised.
If the plan is for Sessions to be on the court with the starters (Bryant, Gasol, Bynum) in clutch situations, the best thing to do would be to have Sessions as the starter for the remainder of the season and have him get comfortable with playing alongside those 3 stars.
I could also justify keeping Sessions on the bench as well. He’s the perfect guy to lead the bench of “lost souls” (McRoberts, Murphy, Barnes,Hill) while the starters rest.
Whether he becomes the starter or not (just for the record, he should), Sessions is sure to see heavy minutes at the point guard slot. The position will no longer be a detriment to this team.
Sessions is the real deal.
It’s amazing what one seemingly small trade can do for a basketball team.
Christopher Walder is a sports blogger and lead editor for Sir Charles in Charge. You may follow him on Twitter @WalderSports