NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Why LA Lakers Must Re-Sign Ramon Sessions

Ethan NorofCorrespondent IApril 16, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Ramon Sessions #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks to pass against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center on April 13, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 103-97.  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 Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ramon Sessions has been flourishing since being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Since he's joined the starting lineup, the Lakers hold a 10-4 record, and he's transitioned well to playing with his new teammates.

Averaging 13.6 points and 6.9 assists per game over 18 games in a Lakers uniform, Sessions has quickly been embraced by the Lakers fanbase, and many have advocated that he stick around for the long haul.

Sessions provides the Lakers with an element to the attack that was simply missing previously—a penetrating point guard who can create plays with his speed and court vision.

New to his approach this season, Sessions has also developed a quality perimeter jumper. A career 45 percent shooter, Sessions is shooting 49.7 percent from the field with Los Angeles.

Additionally, he's taken to new heights from beyond the arc, registering an impressive 53.1 percent clip during his tenure with the Lakers.

Despite all of the initial success, Sessions has admitted that it's been an adjustment process. He's never played with a lineup quite like the Lakers have, and there is no question that he can be seen figuring it out at times on the floor.

As Sessions said, via Janis Carr of the Orange County Register:

It’s still a learning process. ... I just need to know when to pick my poison. The guys believe in me, they have me out there for a reason and so I need to know when to push it. when I can slow it down. (It’s knowing when to) pick your battles for the most part. ...

I have to realize we have two legitimate 7-footers and if they get going like this (back and forth), it’s not really good for them.

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Despite his admission, Sessions has no questions about where he wants to spend his future. Although Sessions intends to opt out of his current deal following this season, he has made no secret about his desire to remain in Los Angeles and wear a Lakers uniform for a very long time (via Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times):

These fans really believe in me in this place and they really know basketball. They've seen the greatest of greats come through here. ... It's unreal. In my whole career, it's never been like this, being noticed. You're on ESPN every night or TNT. You're with Kobe Bryant out there in the backcourt.

I want to be here. I don't know what that means or how that's going to happen. It ain't no secret. I'll tell anybody that. I tell [Lakers General Manager] Mitch Kupchak. I tell my agent. I want to be here. Period. For a long time.

Can you blame him?

Sessions spent two seasons in Milwaukee, one in Minnesota and then a year and a half in Cleveland before coming to Los Angeles. The former No. 56 overall pick has never held a firm grip on a starting job, and this is the first time in his career where Sessions is the unquestioned man at his position.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Sessions is learning with each step he takes. He understands that he doesn't need to be perfect, and that's okay because he doesn't need to be in order to be successful.

When he first arrived in Los Angeles, Sessions played tentatively at times and looked like he was trying to prevent mistakes.

Now it's different. Sessions is finding his comfort within the flow of the game at both ends of the floor, and it's really allowing the Lakers to play at a level that was previously unattainable.

Should the Lakers re-sign Sessions?

Given his recent comments coupled with his standout play, that's a no-brainer.