Now that the Ricky Rubio fiasco is over, I am pleased to know that David Kahn is moving towards another direction. Less than 48 hours after Ricky Rubio signed his contract in the Euroleagues that will prohibit him from coming to the NBA for at least two years, David Kahn the GM of the Timberwolves sign Ramon Sessions for a four-year, $6 million contract.
The Timberwolves offseason has been a special one, one that can almost make anyone think that the Wolves are headed in the right direction. In a nutshell, here's the summary:
- Glen Taylor hires David Kahn to be president of basketball operations.
- Timberwolves trade Randy Foye and Mike Miller in exchange for the 5th overall pick in the 2009 draft, Olekisy Pecherov, Etan Thomas, and Darius Songaila.
- Timberwolves trade Etan Thomas and two second round draft picks for Chucky Atkins and Damien Wilkins.
- Timberwolves trade Sebastian Telfair, Mark Madsen and Craig Smith in exchange for Quentin Richardson.
- Timberwolves draft Ricky Rubio, Jonny Flynn, Wayne Ellington, and Henk Norel.
- Timberwolves trade Quentin Richardson for Mark Blount
- Ricky Rubio signs contract in Barcelona.
- Timberwolves sign Kurt Rambis to be head coach. Sign Bill Lambier and Reggie Theus to be assistant coaches.
- Timberwolves sign FA Ryan Hollins
- Timberwolves sign FA Ramon Sessions.
With the addition of Ramon Sessions, we currently have a roster that looks like this:
*-likely to be traded before training camp.
**-could be resigned
With that being said, we now have to wonder, how does Ramon Sessions howl?
Ramon Sessions is a guy that I feel that "the NBA fans have slept on". Only a 2nd year player, and he averaged 12.4 PPG and 5.7 APG, shooting 44% from the field averaging 26 MPG.
It's safe to say that Ramon Sessions will be averaging about 30 minutes per game with the Timberwolves. The numbers show that when Ramon Sessions get's at least 30 minutes on the floor, he averages 17 points and 7 assists.
Not to mention a few standout performances:
- 44 Points and 12 Assists against the Detroit Pistons.
- 16 Points and 11 assists against the Memphis Grizzlies.
- 18 Points and 10 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers.
- 16 Points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers. Not a typo, yes it's a triple double.
- 20 Points and 11 assists against the Chicago Bulls.
- 12 Points and 10 assists against the Washington Wizards. Hit the buzzer beating three to spoil Agent Zero's return.
- 15 Points and 17 assists against the Indiana Pacers.
Definitely not a bad resume at all.
Ramon Sessions Related:
His WARP (Wins Above Replacement Level Player) is 6.4, the best on the Milwaukee Bucks. Basically that means if you took a team full of replacement level players, and put Ramon Sessions at the point, they would win 6.4 games more than expected based on his talent alone.
The next closest is Charlie Villanueva at 5.9, not surprisingly the other guy the Bucks will have trouble retaining. Andrew Bogut is at 3.4, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute at 2.4, Luke Ridnour at 2.4, Michael Redd at 2.3, and Richard Jefferson at 1.9.
He dishes out the ball well. His assists/40 mins mark is up to 8.4, and he averages 5.6 assists per game. His pass rating (a combination of assists normalized by minutes played, and assist/turnover ratio) is up at 6.06, by far the best on the team.
This rating puts him near the top of the league, and he even ranks better than the likes of tony Parker (5.54), but not quite up to the caliber of Steve Nash, Jason Kidd or Rajon Rondo yet (all in the double digits).
Ramon Sessions As a Wolf
Ramon Sessions makes the Wolves a better team, hands down. He will now have a chance to run a squad that's currently more talented than the Milwaukee Bucks.
He is a great kickout passer, therefore Wayne Ellington and Ryan Gomes will get plenty of open shots.
He can drive the ball with great velocity and strength and dunk it on his opponents, a developing Deron Williams if you will.
With Al Jefferson, Kevin Love and Ryan Hollins in the post, that will give Sessions more scoring opportunities, and with the addition with Sessions, I can honestly say that the Wolves are one wing away from the 8th seed. Rodney Carney Should Be Resigned!
Adding Rodney Carney will add much needed depth. Having Gomes, Carney, Ellington, Brewer and possibly Flynn rotating at the wings will be beneficial in shooting, speed, and defense.
I'm happy for Ramon Sessions, and I'm happy for the Timberwolves fans, as well as Jefferson, Love, Gomes, Flynn and Ellington etc. This is a big step for the Timberwolves, and David Kahn has done an excellent job in acquiring talent now, and ensuring that we can bring in some more talent next year via draft and via free agency.
If Sessions continues his play, as well as Flynn developing the way he's poised, you're looking at a Ricky Rubio trade in two years, which will add the final piece to our deep playoff roster.
But does it all start with Sessions? Who knows? All I know is that as a Buck, Sessions was fearless, but as a wolf? Well, that's an article to come later on during the regular season.
Thanks for reading!