How Ramon Sessions Starting Makes L.A. Lakers NBA's Most Dangerous Team
With the instant success that new acquisition Ramon Sessions has had in the Los Angeles Lakers lineup, you wondered how long exactly it would take Lakers head coach Mike Brown to insert his new acquisition into the starting lineup.
Brown told ESPN the following, adding that Sessions' quick comfort level with his teammates is the reason for the decision.
"I'm going to start Sessions tonight," Lakers coach Mike Brown told reporters after the Lakers' shootaround Friday. "The biggest thing is there's a comfort level there with all of us and Sessions. If you talk to him, he'll tell you at the end of the Dallas game when he was on the floor, there was a comfort level that he had out there running the offense.
"The game before that, in Houston, when he was on the floor he'll tell you that he didn't feel comfortable down the stretch knowing what we can run and or do on the offensive end of the floor. So, it's just a matter of him feeling a comfort level of running the team, not necessarily during the flow of the game, but in tight situations when it's close down the stretch and he's starting to get that. And he's shown leadership qualities too, which is another positive."
Sessions has been good, averaging 12.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.3 rebounds in his first four games with the Lakers. But with him in the starting lineup, the Lakers could be the most dangerous team in the NBA.
In the 100 minutes Sessions has played, the Lakers have scored 114 points per 100 possessions, a mark that would lead the league by a mile, but also a mark that should steadily increase with more time in the offense.
He's a solid floor general who will make a point of taking advantage of the Lakers strengths. He will dump the ball down low to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to take advantage of the length they have down low.
But he won't forget about their best player in Kobe Bryant. Sessions' ability to get into the paint and kick out just creates more open looks for guys like Bryant. He no longer has to force up a ton of shots per night because he now knows he has a guard that can get him the ball in great position to have success.
Other teams have to respect Sessions, which means more open looks for the rest of his teammates, especially on the perimeter, where the Lakers have responded to Sessions' presence on the floor.
With Sessions on the floor, the Lakers are getting more open looks from three-point range, attempting the equivalent of 20 threes per 48 minutes with Sessions manning the point, knocking down an astounding 48 percent of their tries.
In the 92 minutes Sessions has sat during his four games, the Lakers are still the Lakers, clanking away to the tune of 25 percent from deep on just 14.6 tries.
There already seems to be rhythm to the offense with Sessions on the floor and if this keeps up, they are going to be a very difficult team to stop. They are already tough on the defensive end and if the offense lives up to its potential, the Lakers could very well be the NBA's most dangerous team the rest of the season.
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