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.