Lakers Finally Land Their Point Guard

Four months after their blockbuster deal was called off by league officials, the Lakers landed a point guard at the trade deadline.

Los Angeles acquired Ramon Sessions from Cleveland filling the most glaring need on its roster. 

The Lakers tried to add the top play maker in the game, Chris Paul, and came to terms with the Hornets until the NBA intervened.

After the deal was called off, Paul was dealt to the Clippers and the Lakers were forced to start Derek Fisher at point.

In his 15th season, Fisher is shooting just 38.3 percent from the field and 32.4 percent from three point range, averaging 5.9 points and 3.3 assists.

Expendable, Fisher was sent to Houston for forward Jordan Hill as the Lakers prepare for another run at the title.

Hill provides the Lakers with some much needed front court depth and provides a scoring impact as Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum rest.

Despite the low assist rate from its starting point guard, the Lakers rank 11th in the league in assists per game, dishing out 21.4 per game.  No single player posting five assists a night.

In four of his five seasons, Sessions has averaged at least five assists per game even though he has only started 89 of 300 career appearances.

Not only is he an excellent distributor, but Sessions is connecting on 41.9 percent of his attempts from three-point range and should see plenty of open opportunities as defenses key in on Kobe Bryant, the leading scorer in the league.

In exchange, the Cavaliers landed Luke Walton, former three-point shootout champion Jason Kapono and a first round pick, lottery protected.

 Los Angeles also received small forward Christian Eyenga.

Cleveland is stockpiling future draft picks, with Sacramento’s first round pick this season along with the one received from the Lakers.

The Cavaliers are going to build around Kyrie Irving, the first overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and favorite for Rookie of the Year this season.

Irving is averaging 18.5 points and 5.4 assists per game as Cleveland is making an unexpected playoff push during a rebuilding season.

Sessions was the top backup to Irving and led the team with 212 assists in 41 games.

About Brendan Galella

Brendan Galella founded Shatter the Glass to make the NBA even more accessible to basketball fans. Composing player rankings, team evaluations and intriguing observations, he hopes to turn every reader into a dedicated and educated basketball follower.

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