(Traded due to extreme lack of smiles)
Brendan from the excellent Cavs blog Stepien Rules, emailed me the other day asking what Cavs fans could expect from Ramon Sessions this upcoming season. I figured I could help him out here (especially since he didn't ask what could be expected from Ryan Hollins.) I like Ramon, so no harm no foul.
Re-reading what I had sent him, it really does appear that I'm "defending" Sessions' last season with the Wolves. I'm ok with that since I like him, liked the signing initially, and the Wolves blogosphere irrationally seems to hate him.
Here's what I said about Sessions over at Stepien Rules...
"Ramon Sessions' career has been interesting. He certainly has the talent and ability, but hasn't really been given the chance to take over a PG role full-time in either Milwaukee or Minnesota. He had been playing very well for the Bucks (which partly convinced KAHN to sign him), although the Bucks choose to let him go rather than match the relatively paltry salary of $4 million per year offered by the Wolves. A Jennings-Sessions combo would have been nice though, I think.
He is a good floor leader, nice passer, solid at getting to the rim, and a serviceable defender. Unfortunately, he can't shoot from 3-point range if his life depended on it. He's so bad (and he knows it), that he simply doesn't even attempt 3's. Which if you think about it, probably means he's pretty smart for not jacking up terrible shots. And for the record, he's only made 10 out of 56 career threes (17.9%!) in 4,354 minutes played. Egads.
The downside to this is that his defender can sag off him, close off driving lanes, and clog up the lane/help with other defenders. So although I like Sessions and liked the signing, he really wasn't a very good fit in the TWolves hybrid Uptempo-Fail Triangle offense. Because even in a sucktastic hybrid Triangle offense, you still need your PG to be able to shoot the ball, even moreso when he's left open. And really, this problem falls on Kahn. I get that he signed him because he was a cheap asset that (presumably at the time), could have been flipped for something better later down the road, but he didn't fit on our team, and he eventually moved him for nothing other than a salary dump to help cancel out yet another bad signing (Ryan "Cement Hands" Hollins.)
With all that said, he actually still managed to play decently well for the TWolves last year. At least, he passed the eye test. I'm not even going to pretend to go spouting off synergy sports numbers or other such blah blah blah; because who cares when the team won 15 games and has 80% new players the next off-season. His stats weren't great, but he never played enough minutes, nor was he consistently given a chance to succeed. And Flynn certainly was NOT head and shoulders above him, regardless of what sexy stats show. Sessions just never got enough of a chance. That's the bottom line to this story.
And let's not even talk about the players he was mostly stuck playing alongside. Guys like Sasha Pavlobrick, Ryan Hollins, Wayne Ellington, Damien Wilkins, etc. How is he going to put up any stats playing the majority of his minutes with the likes of that?!?
As a Wolves fan that watches 90%+ of our games, I honestly and truly believe Ramon Sessions is a better player than any statistic from last season will negatively point out.
I think he will fit in nicely with Cleveland. It's still not the ideal role for him, as I presume Mo Williams will get the lion's share of minutes at PG. However, Sessions can play off the ball at SG as well. His stats last year playing SG were no worse than PG, and in some cases he played better at SG. So maybe he and Mo Will can mesh on the court and work out nicely together. If you give Sessions a consistent 25-30 minutes per game on your squad, I think it will turn out to be a big 'plus' trade for the Cavs. I mean, at least in comparison to what you gave up (basically nothing, although I loved Delonte's game 2 years ago.)"
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