Washington Wizards and Sacramento Kings exchange backup point guards


With the NBA trade deadline coming and passing at 2 o’clock pm this afternoon, there were a great deal of trades that occurred leading up to the deadline. Among them were Goran Dragic heading down south to play for the Miami Heat while Michael Carter-Williams will take his talents to Milwaukee.

Those were far from the extent of the trades that went down earlier this afternoon, though. In fact, many of the trades that did occur will have a large impact on the rest of this NBA season. Just click on this link to Yahoo Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski’s Twitter account, and you will see what I mean.

The Washington Wizards pulled the trigger on perhaps one of the smallest trades this afternoon, though it will have a pretty large impact on the team. The Sacramento Kings sent their backup point guard, Ramon Sessions, to the Nation’s Capital for Washington’s backup point guard; Andre Miller.

Miller has put in some valuable minutes for Washington over the last year and a half, so the Wizards will miss him. However, at the age of 38, he is the oldest active player in the NBA today. What Sessions will provide is a mix of youth and experience.

The seven-year veteran is only 28-years old, and has spent the entirety of his career posing as a backup point guard. However, he has put in good numbers and solid minutes for all seven teams that he has previously played for. The most points that he has averaged in a single-season came in 2014, when he played in just 28 games and averaged 15.8 points per contest.

The following season, he participated in 55 games, and averaged 10.5 points and 3.7 assist per game. Those are pretty good number considering he only started seven games and received an average of 23.7 minutes per competition.

This season, he is only getting 17.8 minutes per game, and has averaged 5.4 points and 2.7 assists. The numbers are down this season, but that can be blamed on the injuries that he has been suffering through. This guy is a very good second option for any team, particularly a team like Washington that is a title contender.

With Sessions putting on a pair of much fresher legs than the 38-year-old Miller, starting point guard John Wall could have a little less of a load to carry for the remainder of the season. Look for the Wizards to utilize Sessions and give Wall another break or two in every game.

The next thing that he will have to work on is gaining chemistry with his new teammates. But he is a player that has bounced around quite a bit and has been successful everywhere he has gone, so I think he is up for the challenge.

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