The Charlotte Bobcats have been one of the NBA's most pleasant surprises this season. At 33-34, they currently hold the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference. Barring a late collapse, it seems safe to say that they will make the playoffs.
Count former Bobcats point guard Ramon Sessions among those who like the direction in which the franchise is headed.
Sessions, who signed a two-year deal with Charlotte during the summer of 2012, was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks on Feb. 20. However, Sessions, who will be a free agent at the end of this year, says he wouldn't mind returning for another go, telling the Charlotte Observer's Rick Bonnell:
Ramon Sessions just told me he'd love to be a Bobcat again if they'd be interested in signing him this summer.— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) March 16, 2014
Of course, the Bobcats would be the Hornets by that time, but that's beside the point.
When was the last time you ever heard anyone say they'd like to play for this organization? The fact that Sessions would like to return speaks volumes about how much this franchise has turned things around, and the signing of Al Jefferson last summer is a pretty solid indicator of that as well.
First-year head coach Steve Clifford has done wonders for this group, turning it into a top-10 defense (No. 7, to be exact) a year after it ranked dead last in that category. Clearly, players are taking notice of Clifford's potential genius, and that could mean that Charlotte will no longer be a place that free agents shun.
Sessions has been enjoying a very solid 2013-14 campaign in a reserve role, averaging 10.9 points and 3.7 assists in 24 minutes per game. Perhaps most impressive is the rate that he gets to the free-throw line, as the floor general is averaging 6.7 free-throw attempts per 36 minutes.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old (his birthday is in April) is certainly well-traveled, having spent time with five different teams, including two stints with the Bucks, the ballclub that drafted him. Sessions has also been a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers, always managing to be a steady contributor no matter what jersey he is donning.
This might sound strange, but look out for Charlotte in the years to come. It is clearly building something positive.