For a long time, the Cavaliers have been missing a solid option at the point guard position. They’ve cycled through guys similar to Mo Williams – who is great in his own right – that are not prototypical point guards. We’ve had guards that have been more score-first players that didn’t seem to mesh all that well with LeBron James.
As luck would have it, now that LeBron James is gone, so is the Cavaliers lack of a natural point guard.
Ramon Sessions (14.3 ppg, 4.1 apg, 4.8 rpg)
I like Mo Williams as much as the next guy – perhaps more. I’ve always been a big supporter of Williams and have tried to focus myself more on the things he does extremely well as opposed to pointing out his flaws.
However, the addition of Ramon Sessions may be one of the best moves the Cavaliers have made in a long time. It ranks right up there with Danny Ferry’s trade for Ben Wallace, Delonte West, Wally Sczerbiak and Joe Smith a few years back.
(Before I begin, let me make it very clear that I am still a Mo Williams supporter. He’s a great player in his own right and, I believe, he will really find his niche within Byron Scott’s system.)
Sessions has been absolutely phenomenal in the preseason. He’s scored the basketball at a relatively high percentage while passing up on many open three point attempts to set up open teammates. His ability to pass the ball from the point guard position is something Cleveland hasn’t seen in a long while and it’s a trait that will fit in well with Coach Scott.
So far, he has done an incredible job setting up Scott’s Princeton-style offense. While Williams was sidelined with an injury for the first half of preseason, Sessions got a great opportunity to prove his value. And he stepped up as one of the leaders to this team.
A backcourt consisting of Mo Williams, Anthony Parker, Boobie Gibson and Ramon Sessions may turn out to be one of the deepest, most exciting backcourts to watch on the offensive end. There remains a huge question mark regarding their defensive capabilities – aside from Anthony Parker – but I am definitely buying Ramon Sessions as a key guy this season.
He’s been impressive so far.
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