When Milwaukee Bucks dumped Gary Neal at the trade deadline, Ramon Sessions was the main piece they got in return. The Bucks coveted Sessions’ expiring deal, saving the Bucks money in the long run. However, something else has happened — Sessions has proven to be a productive player for Milwaukee.
Sessions’ increased production is related to more minutes, increasing from 23 to 28 since his move to the Bucks. Some of this is due to injuries (Nate Wolters) and some is due to head coach Larry Drew’s fondness of Sessions’ game. His minutes have increased by 25 percent, but his scoring has jumped up 50 percent from 10.5 to 15.5 points per game. Since the trade, Sessions assists have also increased from 3.7 to 4.3 per game.
Of course, the reality is that when Sessions is on the floor, he is part of the worst basketball team in the league. Naturally, stats are inflated when playing on a poor team without meaningful basketball games. It’s difficult to say how much is due to an increased role versus a poor team, but it’s clear that Sessions can at least be an effective backup guard.
If Sessions wants to stay in Milwaukee and the team can sign him for a short-term, low-cost deal, it makes sense; however, anything more and they need to think twice. Sessions is nice to have, but not a necessity for a young, rebuilding team.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant