After the Los Angeles Lakers decided to get Steve Nash, Ramon Sessions knew he would be playing on a new team in the 2013 season. The Carolina native signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Charlotte Bobcats in the offseason.
Sessions played 27.1 minutes in 61 games as the 6th man for the Bobcats. Here’s what our writers had to say about Sessions first season in Charlotte:
Bryan’s Grade: A
Sessions was the best signing the Bobcats have made in a long time. He was probably Charlotte’s second best player all year long, and if it weren’t for Kemba Walker, Sessions wouldn’t have been coming off the bench.
For a sixth man, you can’t really fault Sessions for much. Sessions averaged 14.4 points, 3.8 assists and almost three rebounds in just 27 minutes per game for the ‘Cats. It’s hard to give anyone on Charlotte this grade with the season the Bobcats had, but Sessions deserves an A.
Edward’s Grade: B+
Sessions was easily the best offseason acquisition for the Bobcats. Having him as a backup behind an improved Walker gave the Bobcats an advantage against opposing backcourts.
The best thing about Sessions game is his ability to draw contact. He got to the line 7.6 times per 36, which is an elite level. He made use of his time at the charity stripe making 84% of his free throws.
While his jumpshot comes and goes, Sessions ability to play half-court and full-court offense, while being able to create for others and himself is very valuable off the bench. If he continues this play next season, he’ll make a great case to be extended by the Bobcats. The league is starting to move back to the importance of the third guard off the bench.
When you look at what Jarrett Jack of the Golden State Warriors is doing in the playoffs and what Andre Miller of the Denver Nuggets did this season, many teams are enjoying having a high-quality backup, who can play smallball minutes with their starting point guard.
The Sessions-Walker backcourt was productive and brought good penetration and playmaking to the table. Sessions was a good 6th man for the Bobcats this season, and if the team had a better record, his contributions would have went better noticed leaguewide.