The truth is that no one in a long time will come close to replacing the huge void that LeBron left in Cleveland, but any little shimmer of light is worth mentioning. So here's to you Ramon Sessions! Plus a look at Mario Chalmers, Richard Jefferson & the Detroit Pistons.
Ramon Sessions, PG – Cleveland Cavaliers
In an otherwise lost season for the Cavs, Ramon Sessions is seemingly one of the only bright spots (besides a slightly above average Antawn Jamison). In the midst of a 17 game losing streak, Sessions has stepped in as the starter and is embracing the role.
The former second round pick of the Heat (26th overall in ’07) has only 11 starts to his credit on the season, but has performed admirably considering the circumstances. As a starter, Sessions has a 12.7 PPG average and 4.4 assists, but wait, it gets better.
In the past six games, Coach Scott has rewarded Sessions with almost 34 minutes per game (besides the 11 minute aberration against Chicago on 1/22). Sessions is rewarding the Cavs by averaging 19 PPG, 6.6 assists and almost four rebounds in those games.
For the month of January, Sessions averages currently sit at 14 PPG, 5.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds. He has scored in double digits in all but two of his team’s last 14 games. It’s hard to ask for more from an eight-win team at this stage of the game.
Sessions’ ownership rate has taken a remarkable leap to 55 percent and is projected to jump to 74 percent by next week. As impressive as this may be, owners are still hesitant to plug him into their starting lineup, with only 31 percent doing so. While there isn’t much hope for the Cavs this season, Sessions is turning heads and proving to be a vital part of the post-LeBron rebuilding era in Cleveland.
Mario Chalmers, PG – Miami Heat
Let’s move on from the point guard who would have been dishing assists to LeBron to the one who actually will, at least going forward. Mario Chalmers has also been anointed as the starting point guard of his NBA squad.