It looks like the Ramon Sessions Reunion Tour will go on for a bit longer. The Wizards are reportedly signing Sessions for the rest of the season, according to Candace Buckner of the Washington Post.
The Wizards had to make a decision on Sessions after his second 10-day contract expired this week. According to NBA rules, teams are only allowed to sign a player to two 10-day deals in the same season.
Sessions made his presence felt during his second 10-day deal after not playing at all during his first 10-day stint. He supplanted Tim Frazier as the team’s backup point guard behind Tomas Satoransky for the past five games, averaging 7.2 points and 3.4 assists in 18.5 minutes per game for Washington.
He has been significantly more productive than Frazier in some areas, albeit in a small sample size. He’s averaging nearly twice as many points per 36 minutes, he’s shooting almost ten percent better on threes, and he gets to the free throw line much more often. Sessions has attempted 19 free throws in five games for Washington. Frazier has only attempted 28 despite playing nearly 700 more minutes.
On the other hand, Sessions’ true shooting percentage is worse than Frazier’s, thanks to his struggles inside the arc, and the Wizards have not played well as a whole with him on the floor. The Wizards have been outscored by 13.1 points per 100 possessions with Sessions on the floor, and they give up more points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than any other player on the team.
There’s still time for those numbers to correct themselves, and it probably won’t matter at all once John Wall returns from injury, but it the change from Frazier to Sessions will be something to keep an eye on in the next few weeks. There’s certainly a value to having a guard who can slash better and shoot more effectively from outside, but if it comes at the expense of more efficient shots from Kelly Oubre and Mike Scott, it may wind up hurting more than it helps, especially at a time when they need their bench to be productive to give the starters some rest before the playoffs start.