With No. 1 overall pick Kyrie Irving running the show for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sessions was mostly an afterthought; however, he will be integral to the Lakers’ plans.
The departure of starting point guard Derek Fisher will leave the door open for Sessions to become the immediate starter.
While with the Cavaliers, the five-year veteran put up averages of 10.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.2 assists, while shooting under 40 percent from the field and 83 percent from the free-throw line.
The Lakers have missed the benefit of a true floor general for many seasons and will be in a rush to get him acclimated for their playoff run, which means Sessions should see his playing time rise from 24.5 minutes per game to the low-to-mid 30s.
Playing alongside Kobe Bryant and tremendous post talent like Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum will also have a positive correlation in Sessions’ assist numbers and shooting percentages.
Although Bryant dominates the ball at times, this forces defenses to collapse on him, which would ideally leave Sessions, who is a 29.3-percent career three-point shooter, wide open for attempts from behind the arc.
While the Nevada product was asked to lead Cleveland’s second-unit, he also attempted 8.6 field goals. This number should go down since the Lakers have more mouths to feed and better options; however, fantasy owners shouldn’t be alarmed. This is a simple exchange that nets quality over quantity.
Aside from a rise in offensive numbers, the change of scenery should also produce an increase in opportunities on defense as well.
The Lakers have one of the stingiest defenses in the NBA, allowing only 92.7 points per game.
With that said, it should come as no surprise that the team also ranks second in rebounding with 45.8.
How does this affect their new acquisition?
If Sessions can adopt the defensive philosophies of coach Mike Brown, he should be able to double the 0.7 steals he averaged in Cleveland.
Combined with more opportunities to grab rebounds, this could be an end-of-the-season revival for his fantasy contributions.
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