Former Knicks assistant coach Dan D'Antoni says it is about time the Knicks took a shot on PG Ramon Sessions, per The Post's Marc Berman.
D'Antoni served under his brother, Houston Rockets head coach Mike D'Antoni, for four seasons with the Knicks where he tried to get the team to acquire Sessions. On his brother's staff with Phoenix Suns, he even lobbied to have the team take him in the 2007 NBA Draft.
Having known the point guard since he was 12 years old playing for his AAU program in Myrtle Beach, S.C., D'Antoni has always been high on Sessions.
"We were trying to get him with the Knicks back then," D'Antoni said. "We Were trying to establish that [speed-ball] offense in New York. And when [he] came out in the draft, we [Phoenix] had the 29th pick. I told Phoenix they ought to take him, he'd be in the league a long time and he'd run our offense better than a lot of people. They didn't do it."
D'Antoni, who is now the head coach of Marshall, knows Sessions will be a good fit for the Knicks on the court and in the locker room.
"He's an extremely good person and an extremely good for creating pace for offense and reading the floor if they open the floor a bit," he said.
"Ramon gives the ball up, he gets it to the right spot first but he's capable of taking it to the basket. But he spreads the ball around and keeps the flow. The coach is going to enjoy him on the team. He's very good at spreading the floor."
Sessions had a tumultuous 2016 campaign after suffering a torn meniscus that forced him to miss the final 31 games with the Hornets. He saw a career-low in assists (2.6) and minutes (16.2) while scoring his second-fewest points per game (6.2) as well.
But D'Antoni thinks the 31-year-old is a smart pick-up as he will be an impactful role player.
"He's a very knowledgable basketball player who understand," D'Antoni said. "He'll be a great fit, a great pick-and-roll guy and keeping the floor spread and delivering pass in corners through penetration. And he knows how to throw the hockey assist, to keep the offense moving. He's good at that. They got a great get."
Entering his 11th season in the NBA, the Knicks are now Sessions' eighth team he will join. He has averaged 10.6 points, 4.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds in his career.