[Note: although this column will appear here under my name, it was started, and most of the work was done, by FTS Matthew. Credit given where credit is due, Matt.]
This week's installment of Meet Your Cavaliers will kick off with an exciting addition to this year's ball-club: Ramon Sessions.
Where Ramon came from:
Ramon Sessions was born in 1986 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After graduating from Myrtle Beach High School, Ramon went on to play for the University of Nevada for three years, where he would average 12.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game. Ramon decided to leave Nevada after his junior year and test the NBA waters. He was ultimately drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 56th pick in the 2007 NBA draft.
Where Ramon has been:
Ramon began his NBA career in the D-League with the Tulsa 66ers, an affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks. In January 2008 Sessions joined the Bucks' roster, but did not play until March 2008 due to injury problems. During the 2007-08 season (his rookie year), Ramon averaged 1.4 points and 1.4 assists per game backing up the Cavaliers' own Mo Williams before Mo came over from Milwaukee. Following the 2008-09 season Sessions signed an offer sheet with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Bucks declined to match this offer and Ramon packed his bags for Minneapolis. He was traded to the Cavaliers along with Ryan Hollins and a second-round pick in July 2010 for Delonte West and Sebastian Telfair.
What Ramon has achieved:
At Nevada, the 6' 3", 190-pound guard -- although he skipped his senior year -- finished second on the all-time list for the Wolf Pack with 478 dishes. In 2008, while with Milwaukee, Sessions achieved the first "double double-double" in Milwaukee history, scoring 20 points and adding a franchise-record 24 assists in a loss to Chicago. The following night he achieved what was then a personal high in points with 25; then in 2009 broke out for 44 points against the Pistons, and collected a triple-double against the Lakers in 2009. For his NBA career Sessions has averaged 10 ppg as well as 4.7 assists in about twenty-one minutes a game.
What we can expect to see from Ramon in the coming season:
The man can flat-out play in the right offensive system. He should be a force to be reckoned with in the back-court, and if given enough minutes, his ability to dish and to score in bunches will be crucial in the offensive flow. He loves the pick-and-roll and running the break, and would be terrific either as a starter on a fast-breaking team or as first off the bench. What will we see? Time will tell. But if the Cavs' want to run and for them to be successful running, it helps to have someone who can relate to that kind of offense, and who can get out there in front of it.