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Ramon Sessions Or Jonny Flynn? Who Howls Louder? Who's Starting?

Timber WolfAnalyst IISeptember 12, 2009

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 18: Thabo Sefolosha #2 of the Chicago Bulls jumps out of the way of Ramon Sessions #7 of the Milwaukee Bucks as he chases down the ball on February 18, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Bulls defeated the Bucks 113-104. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

We have yet another topic of discussion dying to be talked about amongst the Bleacher Report community.

The Timberwolves have just announced that the Ramon Sessions signing has been confirmed, and that the Milwaukee Bucks will not match the offer sheet of 16 million over four years.

Ramon Sessions is revered as one of the best young point guards in the league right now, joining the talks of Derrick Rose and Rajon Rondo.

I would like to offer a little feedback on Ramon Sessions before I get into the Jonny Flynn discussion.

Please consider:

  1. 44 Points and 12 Assists against the Detroit Pistons.
  2. 16 Points and 11 assists against the Memphis Grizzlies.
  3. 18 Points and 10 assists against the Philadelphia 76ers.
  4. 16 Points, 16 assists, 10 rebounds against the Los Angeles Lakers. Not a typo, yes it's a triple double.
  5. 20 Points and 11 assists against the Chicago Bulls.
  6. 12 Points and 10 assists against the Washington Wizards. Hit the buzzer beating three to spoil Agent Zero's return.
  7. 15 Points and 17 assists against the Indiana Pacers.

Ramon Sessions only being a second year player, averaged 12.3 PPG and 5.7 APG, while only averaging 1.92 TO's, giving him the eight best ratio for assists per turnovers. What makes this even more impressive, is that Ramon Sessions did this with averaged of 27.5 MPG.

The statistics show that if Ramon Sessions averaged 36 MPG, he would have 16.23 PPG and 7.46 APG, meaning he would join the likes of upcoming elite point guards such as Jose Calderon.

But why do the math when which is just statistics, and just show facts?

In the last 31 games of the season, Ramon Sessions finally got his chance to start at all 31 games, most of the time playing the two-guard and yet still distributing the ball.

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In the last 31 games, his stat line: 15.27 PPG, 8.2 APG, 4.4 RPG, 1.23 SPG in 32 MPG. If we take those stats and do the math with those numbers but with 36 MPG, Ramon Sessions would have averaged 17.7 PPG, 9.225 APG, 4.95 RPG and 1.38 SPG.

Very impressive isn't it?

The fact of the matter is, Ramon Session proved in a three month span, that he can put up 15 points and eight assists when given the minutes.

Now here comes the discussion, would you start Sessions over Jonny Flynn?

There's a possibility that Jonny Flynn can average those numbers in his first season, though it's highly unlikely.

Pros And Cons To Starting Flynn Over Sessions, and Sessions Over Flynn

Sessions starting over Flynn pros:

  1. A more proven point guard to run a team.
  2. Almost guarenteed 15 points and seven assists per game. Flynn has not played a game in the NBA yet. Sessions more likely to average these numbers than Flynn.

Sessions starting over Flynn cons:

  1. No perimeter shooting. Sessions is not a great shooter by any stretch of the imagination.

Flynn starting over Sessions pros:

  1. On the floor and verbal leader. Sessions can be a leader on the floor, but he's not as verbal as Flynn.
  2. All around game. Flynn has NBA range form behind the three point line, and not to mention that he can penetrate and get to the goal at will. Flynn will get free throws with the best of them

Flynn starting over Sessions cons:

  1. Not proven. Flynn is a rookie
  2. Is it possible he's turnover prone? I love Jonny Flynn and he was great during the summer league. But is it possible that Flynn maybe turns the ball over too much? Over five TO's a game? Maybe chemistry was a factor, but it's possible that Flynn is turnover prone.

As you can see, there's many ways that the Wolves can go about this.

On one hand, you can start Flynn at the point, and use Sessions as a backup point and two-guard. But with Sessions backing up the two-guard, that puts the Wolves at a disadvantage in size and shooting.

On the other hand, could you start Sessions and have Flynn rotate between the point and the two-guard? Flynn is a good shooter, far better than Sessions. But again, defense will be a liability. I know one thing, If Flynn and Sessions were coming against me on a fast break, I don't know what I would do.

What would I do?

Truthfully I don't know.

Honestly I really don't know.

For the first time in any of my basketball opinion's, I don't have a concrete answer as to what I would do.

On one hand we have a proven point guard who can easily get us 15 points and seven assists in limited turnovers, and has capabilities of being a franchise point guard in Ramon Sessions.

But on the other hand, we have one of the most charismatic players in the league, with verbal and on the floor leadership with all the intangibles of a point guard, and his only setbacks against Sessions would be that he's a rookie, and that he's probably turnover prone.

Who do you start?

The more I think about it, the more difficult the decision. All in all, I can understand either one starting. It's just a matter of which makes more sense.

But I have to say, If I absolutely must make a decision, Wolves fans may hate me, but I would have to say I would start Sessions. And the sad thing is, I might say Flynn tomorrow.

But what's even worse, is that I just changed my mind that quick, and now I want Flynn, and I didn't even change the above paragraph to say Flynn, and rather kept it to show the Wolves fans just how difficult the decision can be.

You can choose to put Flynn on the bench, but he was this immense potential to be one of the great point guards in the league in two or three years, and you would limit that potential by putting him on the bench, instead of giving him his 30-35 minutes where he would truly develop by playing.

What say you?

Thanks for reading!

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