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Ramon Sessions in the Old/New Year — A Wizards Preview Series

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Updated: October 8, 2015

[TAI’s preview/review series on the Wizards going forward with a look-back on those who graced the team in the past season continues. First up was Kevin Seraphin; then Paul Pierce; Alan Anderson; Otto Porter; Kris Humphries; and Rasual Butler. Now: Ramon Sessions, by John Converse Townsend. Read on…]

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John Wall, Washington’s superduperstarfromcackalacky, is third in assists per game this preseason (9.0). One of the two players ahead of him is Ramon Sessions (10), who the Kings returned at the trade deadline in exchange for then-Wizard Andre Miller.

Big deal. It’s one game. It’s one preseason game.

What about all the games before this? Sessions was OK, as Wall’s understudy in 2015.

Offense isn’t really his thing. No one expected him to light up the scoreboard, especially from beyond the arc, given he was shooting just 21.4 percent from 3 before joining the Wizards. But then, BUT THEN, he made two 3s in a game. TWICE. Two of his best long-ball-shooting efforts since Sessions made three 3s in a game in spring 2012, after being traded from Cleveland to the Clippers.

Before he got to Washington, Sessions was 0-for-4 on corner 3-pointers. In D.C. and often playing next to Wall, Sessions went 4-for-7 on 3s from the corners. Progress, even if incremental. And at the end of the regular season, Sessions had knocked down a nice percentage, 40.6 percent (but that’s probably more of a blip, given his 31.2% career average).

That was nice. Not nice: Sessions shot 22.2 percent from midrange.

Even less nice: Sessions missed more layups than he probably should have. Seriously, though. He made less than a third of his attempts in the paint (30.3%). And he shot just 51.5 percent in the restricted area. You’ve gotta make more than that when you’re right … at … the rim.

At least he was getting there, says the counter argument. Indeed. Mobility!

That Sessions was not 38 years old—merely a graduate assistant to the tenured Professor Andre Miller—is the primary reason the Wizards brought him to D.C.

In 17.7 minutes per game in Sacramento, Sessions averaged 4.0 drives. Those drives produced 2.1 points for the guard and 3.6 points for the Kings, on average. He drove about as often in D.C., averaging 19.5 minutes over 28 games, but his efficiency improved. His 3.9 drives per game as a Wizard produced 6.9 total points (2.7 personal and 4.2 for the team). His scoring rate in Washington compared very closely with Minnesota’s Zach LaVine.

Now, compare that to Miller’s 2.1 drives per game (in 12.4 minutes) that netted Washington 2.2 points per game as a team… Yeesh. And this data doesn’t even do justice to the change of pace Sessions provided the Wizards. Miller insisted on pounding the ball in the half court, looking for just the right needle to thread.

The rapid reaction to the trade was full of questions. Primarily, Would Sessions be an upgrade to Miller on the defensive end? In short, he was. Sessions put up a 94.3 DefRtg, which was better than all but one player, Toure Murry, who doesn’t really count anyway because he got injured after four games. Miller, for what it’s worth, finished his stint with the Kings with a DefRtg in the low 100s.

In terms of Defensive Real Plus-Minus, Sessions (-0.31) was right there with Patrick Beverley (ball and chain) and Pablo Prigioni (pest, who averaged as many steals as Dwyane Wade). Miller’s -2.13 squatted down in the dumps with Kemba Walker and Greivis Vasquez’s DRPM.

So, the $2.1 million question: Is he worth the roster spot this season? Yes! He plays OK basketball, and he’s fast.

Can’t ya read?

Plus, Sessions went nuts in the playoffs when John Wall was sidelined with a broken hand/wrist, which leads me to….

Best Moment.

…Ramon Sessions’ best moment of 2015!

He came, he shot, he went bonkers, to the tune of 21 points in Game 2 of Washington’s series versus Atlanta. In 40 minutes as a starter.

I described Sessions that night as Patroclus, son of Menoetius, with sitting-out-the-fight John Wall playing the role of Achilles. Epic.

But here, digest the the short summary:

What can you say? What a performance. A bit unexpected, even, but what a show. His “quickness, energy and defensive presence” that was promised by team president Ernie Grunfeld was on full display. Sessions scored 21 points on just 14 attempts and led the Wizards in free throw attempts—not much of a surprise, given he holds the team’s best Free Throw Rate. Sessions also held Jeff Teague scoreless (0-for-5) in one-on-one situations.

Worst Moment.

Moments. Asterisk.

Picking just one moment doesn’t seem worth it, to me. So I’m going to pick a bunch of them: everything that Sessions did, and did not do, over the last two games of that very same Atlanta series. To wit: 26 total minutes, 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover, no free throw attempts.

Zero impact.

The Wiz lost those two games by a combined four points.

Curious Stat.

If the shot clock is winding down, maybe don’t give the ball to Ramon Sessions.

His FG% by time remaining (in seconds):

  • 24-22: 66.7%
  • 22-18: 45.5%
  • 18-15: 58.8%
  • 15-7: 40.0%
  • 7-4: 18.2%
  • 4-0: 25.0%

More? Fine.

His FG% when a defender is within two feet, 46.5 percent, is about the same as it is when he’s wide open, 46.2 percent. Curious.

If Ramon Sessions were a type of food, he would be…

Sweet potato fries. They’re not exactly good for you, but they are better than the regular deep fried Idaho spud.

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John Converse Townsend
Reporter / Writer / Co-Editor at TAI
John has been part of the editorial team at TAI since 2010. He likes: pocket passes, chase-down blocks, 3-pointers. He dislikes: typos, turnovers, midrange jump shots.