Ramon Sessions vs. Deron Williams: Are the Lakers a Better Team with Sessions?
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Ramon Sessions has debuted to mostly rave reviews, but that hasn't stopped some Lakers fans from glaring longingly towards New Jersey and soon-to-be free agent lead guard Deron Williams.
In order to avoid losing Williams for nothing, New Jersey may be forced to accept the best deal available, and the Lakers would certainly be front-runners considering the package they could put together.
It would be hard for the Nets to resist a potential package featuring Pau Gasol and Sessions, but would that be the best move for the Lakers?
I am certainly intrigued by a lineup featuring Williams, Andrew Bynum and Kobe Bryant, but is that trio superior to what the Lakers already have?
Williams is definitely a better guard than Sessions and there is no question that the Lakers would be contenders with Williams on the roster, but I'm not sure he is worth breaking up the Lakers' advantage in the paint with Gasol and Bynum.
Especially when you consider how well Sessions has performed in his brief time with the Lakers.
Sessions has already proven that he can contribute 15 points and 10 assists on a consistent basis, and while he may not be capable of posting the type of gaudy numbers that Williams can, the Lakers don't need him to in order to be successful.
I'm not sure if the Lakers can win a championship this year with Sessions, but the prospects for next season are bright if the Lakers can manage to add some reserve help.
General manager Mitch Kupchak's move to bring Sessions to Los Angeles was affordable, and it was a move that allowed the Lakers to keep their championship core intact. So why upset that fragile balance now?
A friend of mine pointed out that Williams would give the Lakers three legitimate superstars along with Bynum and Bryant, a trend that has become popular around the league ever since LeBron James and Chris Bosh decided to take their talents to Miami.
However, the Lakers already have two superstars in Bryant and Bynum, and Gasol is still among the top five players at his position in the NBA.
Throw in Sessions and you have a nucleus that is more than capable of competing against the top teams in the West and the NBA, at least for the next couple of seasons.
Additionally, Bynum is having a great season so far, but why risk the security that Gasol provides against another injury or the emotional outbursts that have become common for Bynum?
I am one of the people who lobbied hard for a Williams deal before the NBA trade deadline, but after seeing Sessions in action and the way he has blended almost seamlessly with the team, my opinion has changed.
There is no question that Williams would make the Lakers a better team, but can he make them better than they already are?
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