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Grading Ramon Sessions' play for 2014-15 season


Grading Ramon Sessions' play for 2014-15 season

The end wasn't good for Ramon Sessions, who shot just 8-for-33 in the last four games of a second-round series loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Before that, however, he’d found his groove with the Wizards as John Wall’s backup. Sessions isn't a shooter but can get to the rim to break down defenses. Acquired Feb. 20 at the trade deadline from the Sacramento Kings for Andre Miller, Sessions was brought in to pick up the pace for the second unit. 

The stats: 6.3 points, 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds.

The improvements: Sessions was slow to get into the flow as the Wizards were playing without Bradley Beal because of a leg injury. He had his best game when he started in place of Wall, with 19 points, seven assists and four rebounds vs. the Sixers on April 8. A few days later, he had 10 assists in a game at the Nets. When Beal returned and the rotation was back to normal, Sessions found his niche. He sometimes shared the backcourt with Wall to give the Wizards to another ballhandler to run the pick-and-roll effectively. In 28 games with Washington, Sessions put up averages that were slightly higher than his combined numbers for his 36 games with the Sacramento Kings.

The next step: Sessions is a two-guard in the body of a point guard in that he’s a better scorer than passer. Marcin Gortat wasn’t nearly as effective when running the pick-and-roll with him. Sessions’ finishing at the rim and overall accuracy has to get better from his career low 37.4% from the field. His jump shooting was inconsistent and has to be more respectable.

2014-15 grade: C+.

2015-16 outlook: He has another year left on his contract, and with few quality backup point guards in the market is partly why the Wizards moved to add him when they did. It wasn’t just a move for last season but this upcoming one. The primary backup job to Wall is his and Sessions is good enough where he can be a spot starter and give Wall the rest he wasn't able to take with Miller.

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

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2017-18 Wizards roster review: Tim Frazier

To wrap up the 2017-18 season, we are looking at each player on the Wizards' roster. Today, we evaluate Tim Frazier's season...

Player: Tim Frazier

Position: Point guard

Age: 27

2017-18 salary: $2 million

2017-18 stats: 59 G, 14.2 mpg, 3.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 0.8 spg, 0.1 bpg, 39.5 FG%, 30.4 3P%, 76.7 FT%, 44.5 eFG%, 105 ORtg, 107 DRtg

Best game: 1/27 at Hawks - 4 points, 14 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-for-5 FG

Season review: The Wizards tabbed Tim Frazier to be their backup point guard nearly a year ago when they sent a second round pick to the New Orleans Pelicans on the eve of draft night. They viewed Frazier as the solution to their years-long search for a capable backup behind John Wall. Frazier had thrived as a replacement starter in New Orleans and the Wizards saw him as worth a draft pick, even though he had just one year left on his contract.

Frazier began the season as the primary backup point guard, but ultimately lost the job to Tomas Satoransky once Wall went out with a left knee injury. Frazier became the starter and Satoransky the backup, but through two weeks Satoransky outplayed him and became No. 2 on the depth chart once Wall returned. Then, when Wall went down for months late in the season, Satoransky started and Frazier backed him up.

Frazier never found consistency as he moved back and forth between roles. His minutes, points and assists averages were all career-lows.

The Wizards added competition to their roster for Frazier and Satoransky midseason, first by signing Ramon Sessions in March and then adding Ty Lawson just before the playoffs began. That led to Frazier being inactive for four of the Wizards' six postseason games.

All in all, it was a frustrating year for Frazier. He even had to deal with a broken nose and surgery to repair it after getting inadvertently kneed in the face by Bobby Portis in a game against the Bulls in February.

Frazier has been part of small group of Wizards players continuing to work out at the team facility this summer. He has been there along with Wall, Ian Mahinmi and Jason Smith. That said, it does seem likely Frazier returns given how the Wizards used him this season. He was completely out of the rotation for extended periods of time.

Helping his cause in that regard is that the Wizards have his Bird rights, meaning they can re-sign him while going above the salary cap. They currently have five open roster spots and not much money to spend. Frazier could represent a cheap option and help them fill out their roster.

Potential to improve: Shooting, on-ball defense, consistency

More player season reviews:

John Wall, PG

Bradley Beal, SG

Otto Porter, SF

Markieff Morris, PF

Marcin Gortat, C

Kelly Oubre, Jr., SF

Tomas Satoransky, PG

Ian Mahinmi, C

Ty Lawson, PG

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Markieff Morris goes 1-on-1; no All-NBA votes for Beal?

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Wizards power forward Markieff Morris. Morris looked back on the 2017-18 season and gave his side on what needs to be fixed.

Chris and Chase Hughes also had a heated debate about Bradley Beal not receiving any All-NBA votes. Chase is an awards voter and defended his ballot. Chris wasn't having any of it.

They also went into the conference finals and what it would mean if the Rockets beat the Warriors.

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