The addition of Ramon Sessions has many L.A. Laker fans believing their team’s point guard problems have been solved. On the surface, the numbers suggest they are correct in their optimism. The Purple and Gold are 8-4 since the acquisition of Sessions and appear to have found their point guard of the future.
However, with the Lakers, one must always look deeper than the numbers. For instance, of their eight wins, only two have come against a team with a winning record and opposing point guards have still had their way against the Lakers.
This was highlighted by 36 points by Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook in a 102-93 loss to the Thunder. Oddly enough, Westbrook's 36 points were 17 more than when Fisher manned the position in an earlier meeting with the Thunder.
But hey, Sessions scores more.
The addition of Sessions has temporally filled a need for the Lakers with a player they did not want, judging by their last-minute acquisition. He's a player they knew, if added, would boast their scoring from a season’s average 96.2 to 100.7 points per game (in the last 10 games), but would also cost them on the defensive end.
The Lakers have given up five more points per game, from 93.8 to 98.8, with Sessions playing significant minutes.
That is a price the Lakers are willing to pay…this season. The Purple and Gold are keenly aware of the delicate balance that is required for a championship season. That balance has been tested all season, but can be restored with a full offseason.
A full offseason would benefit this club, and so will a slight lineup change.