My first instinct is that Sessions should start since he's obviously the better player. But then a few things came to mind:
- The Big 3 have been amazing together. It starts with Kobe having the ball in his hands. In a way Blake allows this because he's not a ball-dominant creator. Sessions is. As long as Blake plays solid D and hits open shots, he might be the better "fit"; Sessions might be redundant.
- Our bench scoring is severely lacking and in need of a creator/playmaker. Sessions would have a post option (Bynum) and two shooters to dish to (Murf and Glock) playing off the bench. Playing from the bench might give him more freedom to assert himself as a scorer and playmaker.
I'm certainly not against the idea of Sessions starting at all, but in light of the Big 3 starting to hit their stride, Sessions off the bench might give our rotation better balance.
As you say it all depends how Sessions fits with the big 3, he has the potential to play more than 30 minutes with both 1st and 2nd unit, and relegate Blake to a minor role. But we have to see how Kobe's game responds to a traditional PG, maybe he needs more Blake, but that isn't a bad scenario either, Sessions gives more depth, can run the second unit and play next to Pau and/or Bynum, that is more resting time for Kobe.
A player is a reliable asset when you know he offers different options and gives you depth and flexibility.
Helljumper wrote:Seeing as how we were very close to trading Blake for Beasley, I'm guessing that the front office is expecting Sessions to be our starter.
The Lakers thought they had the deal done with Derek Fisher going to Minnesota for Beasley, but the Timberwolves had second thoughts within their management circle and pulled out. Their conclusion was that they didn’t want Fisher’s $3.4 million in 2012-13 on their payroll, even if they would’ve gotten an upgrade at guard via Jamal Crawford from Portland in the three-way trade.
Sessions is a baller. No matter who that PG plays with, a good PG is a player that creates and balls and improvises. HE HAS TO START. It's the Jeremy Lin effect: Put him on the court and you let the magic unfold. Last game, he had more assist than Irving did for the Cavs.
You literally can't help off of anybody. The only way teams gives us fits is when they doubled off MWP and Fish and gave KGB problems. With those two lineups you can't sleep on anyone because they will make you pay.
It's much easier to hide one deficiency (MWP) a lineup as well, as opposed to 2. It's going to wonderful to sit back and watch teams pick their poison now because of the fact that we can field a lineup of at least 4 people that can make you pay for mistakes. Bump that up to a full lineup that can do that, oh boy.
My overall reaction to those lineups...
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last stand wrote:Allegedly they traded fisher to let sessions develop
And? Why would we trade for Sessions and keep starting/playing Fisher?
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I think Blake is a much better fit with the starters and Sessions a MUCH better fit with Glock, Murphy etc. and thats coming from a Blake hater.
I hope Blake gets no more than 15 minutes per game ...so it really doesn't matter really. But Blake fits way better with the big three since he isn't a scorer at all and is a better shooter (although that doesn't say much).
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