Addressing the dire need in their frontcourt was the first order of business for the Charlotte Bobcats this summer. They made that abundantly clear on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft when they selected Cody Zeller and around a week later when they signed free-agent center Al Jefferson.
The improvements to Charlotte’s frontcourt are undoubtedly going to be beneficial to the team and we will almost certainly see a better Bobcats squad taking the floor than we have in recent years. However, that’s not going to matter if Charlotte’s backcourt can’t remain productive. Most people expect Kemba Walker to continue growing as a player, but few know what to expect from Walker’s backup, Ramon Sessions.
In his first season with the Bobcats last year, Sessions was relatively proficient. In 61 games off of the bench he averaged 14.4 points, 3.8 assist and 2.8 rebounds in 27.1 minutes per game. However, Sessions only shot 40.8 percent from the floor last season and just 30.8 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Sessions was forced to take on more of a scorer’s role than he ever has before in his career. That’s why he averaged a career-high in points and field goal attempts last season. However, Sessions playing more as a scorer when he was on the floor also caused him to have one of the least efficient season in his career and the second lowest assists average of his career.
A lot of the reason Sessions was forced to be a scorer last year was because of how awful their frontcourt was in general last season, but particularly on offense. Because of that, both Walker and Sessions were forced to focus on their scoring more than facilitating. With Jefferson and Zeller coming into Charlotte, though, that could change.
Sessions is at his best when he can be a balanced player, distributing and scoring when he sees fit. The Bobcats’ new additions in the post will certainly give him the freedom to be more that type of player than the scoring guard he was last season. The Bobcats need Sessions to be more efficient off of the bench if they want better results this year. It looks as if that will be able to happen, which is good news for Charlotte moving forward.