Athlete of the Week: Ramon Sessions, Cleveland Cavaliers

The feisty backup has led the Cavs back into the win column.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Athlete of the Week: Ramon Sessions, Cleveland Cavaliers

So how does a player from a team that has only 10 wins earn an Athlete of the Week nod? Well, by being the defining piece on a team that overcome a 26 game losing streak to win not one but two games this past week, with the second coming over the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers, you may recall, have won the past two NBA Championships and had every reason to play hard and beat the Cavaliers Wednesday night after dropping the two games before their meeting with Cleveland.

However, a win wasn’t in the books for the Lakers as Sessions, coming off the bench for the injured Mo Williams, put up a season best 32 points in 36 minutes to lead the Cavaliers to a huge win before the All-Star break. This win, combined with the win over the Clippers earlier in the week to snap the losing skid, gave the Cavs the sweep over Los Angeles this week.

“It was a big game for us going into the break.” Sessions said after the Cavaliers latest win. “You couldn’t ask for anything else than going into it with a win against a great team like the Lakers.” 

Sessions, only 24, is making a strong case to be a part of the Cavaliers rebuilding plans for the future. He is an athletic point guard that shows good court vision and can put up good scoring numbers (as evidenced by the 32 points against the Lakers). While he’s not much of a three point shooter and his defense can be a little spotty at times, Sessions is still a huge asset for a team that is looking for any it can find.

“Over the last few games he has played great.” Cavaliers coach Byron Scott said of Sessions Wednesday night. “Understanding that his role, as far as his minutes, was going to change but not his role (overall). He was back in the position tonight where he was going to have to play a lot of minutes and run the team and he did a heck of a job. 32 points, eight assists and he made every free-throw except for one, but other than that, I thought he did a heck of a job of taking control of the tempo and getting our guys in the system that we want to run.”

If Cleveland is going to make the hard climb back to respectability, then they are going to need Ramon to keep bringing it like he has this past week and if it’s possible, they could use a few more guys like him to step up.