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Ramon Sessions Should Be Named a Starter After Lakers Beat Mavericks: Fan Reaction
The Los Angeles Lakers made a couple of deadline deals that shook things up in Laker-land. For one, they traded away long-time Laker and five-time NBA Champion Derek Fisher and also acquired point guard Ramon Sessions from the Cleveland Cavaliers to replace Fisher - or so I thought. It seems as if coach Mike Brown is sticking with Steve Blake as the starting point guard for the Lakers and it has me, well, baffled.
Derek Fisher was averaging 5.9 point per game, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.3 assists per game as a starter for the Lakers. In Blake's five games starting for the Lakers he is averaging 1.25 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 3.25 assists per game - not exactly stellar numbers by any stretch of the imagination. On the year as a whole, Blake is averaging 5.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. Basically, what Mike Brown is doing is replacing Fisher with a near-identical player in Blake.
Sessions, on the other hand, is averaging 12 points, 3.3 rebounds, and six assists per game with the Lakers. Just as Blake has only been starting for four games, Sessions has only played four games with the Lakers, but he hasn't started.
That being the case, I still think Sessions should be starting over Blake and here's why:
Blake's numbers as a starter this year are awful. He's not even averaging a single field goal in terms of scoring and his assists are not indicative of a point guard who can distribute the ball well. Based on what Sessions did for Cleveland as a starter, I'd much rather see him start. Sessions averaged 17.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 11 assists per game in his four starts for the Cavaliers.
When comparing Blake to Sessions, there really isn't even a comparison to be made. Both players have had the opportunity to start in four games this NBA season and Sessions is clearly the better point guard. In watching him play, he is more athletic, has better vision, and is the superior ball-handler.
Against the Mavericks, Sessions had 17 points, five rebounds and nine assists coming off the bench. While he played 29 minutes to Blake's 17, I still think that Sessions should be starting and given the opportunity to contribute even more than he already has. The Lakers would go on to win by a final score of 109-93, showcasing their true ability to play well on the road.
Mike Brown has said that he will be starting Blake for the "foreseeable future" and I'm just hoping that he sees the light before it's too late.
David is co-founder of wrapupp sports blog where fresh content is posted daily and present sports blogs and sports opinions - all with a West Coast bias. Growing up in the Bay Area, David is a huge supporter of all the local sports teams; the Giants, Athletics, Warriors, Sharks, 49ers, and Raiders. His one fault, admittedly, as many of his friends and family would say, is his love for the Los Angeles Lakers. Growing up, Magic Johnson was his favorite basketball player and he fell in love with the team. He chalks it up to, "Not knowing any better". Now his love for sports has turned just as academic as it is intuitive and he follows most all sports all over the nation.
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