Deron Williams vs. Kyle Lowry: Which Guard Is a Better Fit for the L.A. Lakers?

According to Bill Plaschke of the L.A. Times, one of the Los Angeles Lakers' biggest priorities in the offseason will be re-signing point guard Ramon Sessions.

My question to that is, what games was team president Jim Buss watching?

I give the younger Buss the benefit of the doubt because he must have ultimately had something to do with the failed attempt to acquire point guard Chris Paul, but his stated intention to pursue Sessions may prove that the Paul deal was almost exclusively something of Mitch Kupchak's making.

The shine from Sessions' quick start after the Lakers acquired him quickly wore off in the postseason, and if Buss was watching Sessions get abused by Russell Westbrook like I was, his immediate response to Sessions' decision to refuse his player option should have been a wave and good luck.

Did Sessions prove he was worth the $4.5 million his player option guaranteed?

In my opinion, the Lakers should look elsewhere for their next lead guard, and the two names I have heard mentioned most besides Sessions' are Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams and Houston Rockets lead guard Kyle Lowry.

Both Williams and Lowry have Lakers fans lining up ready to extol their virtues, and there are merits to be found in the case of chasing each player.

Lowry is an above-average defender who averaged an impressive 14.3 points and 6.6 assists per game last season—when he wasn't injured.

Lowry only started 38 games last season while competing in 47. Durability may not be an issue with Lowry, but how can you judge him as a player when the best season of his career only spanned 47 games?

For the sake of comparison, Lowry's best professional season would rate as one of Williams' worst, and let's not forget that the 6'3" point guard has been consistently putting up strong numbers pretty much since he entered the league.


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