Ramon Sessions is worth every penny to the Charlotte Bobcats.
The South Carolina native signed a two-year, $10 million contract with Charlotte after leaving the Los Angeles Lakers in the offseason. Sessions started 19 games for the Lakers after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. No stranger to coming off the bench, Sessions has brought leadership, poise, and consistency to the Bobcats backcourt.
Before being sidelined with a knee sprain Sessions was having a stellar season. He’s averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 assists and 5.7 free throw attempts in 27.1 minutes. Since coming into the league in 2007 only nine guards average more free throw attempts per 36 than Sessions. He has the second-highest player efficiency rating of his career at 17.8, which is better than quality veteran backups like Jarrett Jack and Andre Miller.
The offseason acquisitions of Sessions and Ben Gordon combined with the scoring jumps made by Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson are responsible for the Bobcats league-leading backcourt scoring at 50.9. Not many teams can play a veteran as good as Sessions behind one of the best up and coming point guards in Walker.
Sessions is one of the most underrated combo-guards in the league. Different from most combo guards, Sessions functions well as a pure point guard. He’s got good court vision, a tight handle, and doesn’t turn the ball over at a high rate. Because of their ballhandling and playmaking ability, Mike Dunlap . Though they lack in size, the Sessions-Walker combination is very capable on both sides of the ball. Guard play is a core part of the league. More teams are starting to emphasize offensive spacing with three-guard lineups and three-point shooting. The Bobcats have tried this all season, with little success, but with better coaching and organization, it can be a dangerous weapon.
Whether it’s as a core piece going forward, or as a trade asset, Sessions is important to the Bobcats going forward. In the past the Bobcats have tried to rely on athletic ability and potential, without having a lot of basketball players around. Rich Cho and Rod Higgins need more of the latter and a signing like Sessions is encouraging to what the Bobcats can potentially do in free agency. Even if they don’t land the top free agents, getting players who have a high chance of living up to their market deals while playing basketball the right way is essential. Ramon Sessions is the first of hopefully many more signings like that.