Analyzing Lakers Offensive Attack with Kobe Bryant-Ramon Sessions Backcourt

Haddon AndersonAnalyst IMarch 16, 2012

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 26: Ramon Sessions #3 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives with the ball against the Toronto Raptors during the season opener at Quicken Loans Arena on December 26, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
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The addition of Ramon Sessions to the Lakers is surely an upgrade. Sessions has the ability to create shots effectively, both for himself and his teammates. He can also knock down the three-ball at quite a rate (42 percent).

He's undoubtedly a much more versatile asset than the aging Derek Fisher, who was dealt to Houston.

Sessions brings some needed punch to the Lakers backcourt and they're expecting him to take this team to much higher levels of play.

For Lakers fans, there's certainly reasons for optimism concerning their new point guard, but there is much to analyze here.

Something to not overlook is that Kobe Bryant has played almost his entire career with Fisher, who has never commanded the ball much on offense.

Fisher's simply taken care of the rock and splashed open threes when necessary.

Sessions is a much different player, as he's a playmaker who won't just bring the ball down the floor, pass to Kobe and then run to the corner.

The question is whether this type of presence in the backcourt will cause Kobe to grow frustrated, or if it will cause him to flourish.

This is where Sessions must wisely handle his new role in Los Angeles.

He must come in and patiently run the Lakers offense. Yes, he should still look to be aggressive, but with Kobe as his backcourt running mate, he can't risk trying to do too much. 

What's more, he has two formidable options in the low post in Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum, the types of players he definitely didn't have in Cleveland.

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Sessions and Kobe will flourish together if Sessions plays within the realm of L.A.'s philosophy.

What they don't need is a young point guard trying to make a statement, who just ends up creating tension with Kobe and coach Mike Brown.

What would be ideal is if Sessions could average around seven or eight assists per game. This would make it evident that he's intentionally seeking to set up his teammates, which is what should be his primary role. 

Kobe's not accustomed to playing with a point guard who dribbles away half the shot clock, but he's used to receiving the ball early in the shot clock and seeking to create. 

What Kobe's accustomed to cannot be compromised.

If it is, the Bryant-Sessions backcourt won't flourish as well as one might think.

But if Sessions recognizes his role as a distributor while also cashing treys at an effective rate, he could prove to be a pivotal addition down the stretch.

In fact, his addition could even be pivotal enough to take the Lakers back to the NBA Finals, but that all depends on if Bryant and Sessions learn how to thrive off each other.