By Matt Rochinski
December 23, 2013
While Sessions may not jump into MKG or Taylor’s spot in the starting lineup – a role reserved for Anthony Tolliver right now - you’ll notice Head Coach Steve Clifford has had Sessions running alongside starters Kemba Walker and Gerald Henderson in the fourth quarter, and you can fully expect to see Sessions’ minutes continue to increase as MKG works his way back to full strength.
Sessions may not have started any of the Cats first 28 games, but he’s still putting up starter-like numbers. He currently ranks fourth on the team in scoring (10.8 points) and third in assists (2.9) despite only averaging 22 minutes off the bench. He’s also taken more free throws than anyone on the Cats (104-for-135) despite averaging about 13 fewer minutes than Henderson (105-for-133) and Walker (100-for-124), who rank second and third on the team, respectively.
How does he do it? By attacking the rim.
An astonishing 64.9 percent of Sessions' field goal attempts have come around the rim this season, and he's knocking down 47.7 percent of those shots. When he’s not connecting from in close, he’s tied with Henderson for 34th in the NBA with an average of 4.8 freebie attempts each contest and is currently the only non-starter in the league to crack the Top 50 on this list. Sessions is currently connecting on 77.0 percent of his shots from the stripe, but that number should also continue to improve, as he’s an 80.0 percent career shooter there.
What’s next in store for Sessions on your fantasy squad then? If December is any indication continue to look for him to push the needle forward and challenge to insert himself into your lineup. Through 10 games this month, he’s averaging 10.5 points and 3.8 assists while connecting on 88.1 percent of his free throws. He’s also scored in double digits in seven of 10 games, including his current run of four straight. So if you’re looking for a Cats player to add off the waiver wire, Sessions is the way to go.