Even if Ramon Sessions has only provided a four-game sample size, it's safe to make a few conclusions about his 12 points on 56.7% shooting and six assists in 25 minutes.
1. The Lakers execute their offense with faster efficiency. The Lakers appear far more prolific in running pick-and-roll sets. According to Synergy Sports Technology, the Lakers generated only 10.9% of their offense through P&Rs before Sessions' arrival. Since then, Sessions runs the offense through pick-and-rolls on 53.4% of his possessions and converts on 52.4% of those plays.
The same difference applies to the Lakers' transition game. Before Sessions' arrival, the Lakers' fast-break points only represented 9% of their offense. When Sessions is on the floor, 24.4% of his points come in transition. Sessions' quick speed and sharp execution on pick-and-rolls has bolstered the Lakers offense so much that Sports Illustrated's Zach Lowe calculates the Lakers have averaged 114 points per 100 possessions, the highest mark in the NBA.
2. Kobe Bryant gets easier shots. Just before the All-Star break last month, Bryant lamented how the surrounding talent and the current offensive system made him work too hard for points. Not anymore. According to NBA.com, Bryant has shot 46% when Sessions is on the floor and only 33% when he's not playing. The improved shooting accuracy simply points to Bryant working more on the wing and off the ball than remaining the team's primary ballhandler. Because of that difference, Bryant finds more catch-and-shoot opportunities in rhythm instead of running isolation sets.