Charlotte Bobcats coach Steve Clifford is no fan of small ball. He joked at a preseason media luncheon that you go big in the NBA “only if you want to win.”

With that in mind, backup point guard Ramon Sessions must have left quite an impression over the last month.

Clifford is increasingly playing point guards Kemba Walker and Sessions together this early season. While that goes against Clifford’s general philosophy, the success the two have had as a tandem pushes Clifford to be open to the option on more than an occasional basis.

“You have to do what your roster allows to win,” Clifford said. “Our biggest strength is getting to the free-throw line and (Sessions) is our best at getting fouled.”

No doubt of that. Through Tuesday’s games the Bobcats averaged the third-most free-throw attempts in the NBA, at 33 per game. The Houston Rockets were first at 37.4 per game and the Los Angeles Clippers were second at 33.75.

Sessions is by far the Bobcats’ free-throw leader, averaging eight attempts per game. Over the first five games, Sessions is averaging 17.5 free throws attempted per 48 minutes played ( a full NBA game). That is tops in the NBA this season.

So when shooting guard Gerald Henderson sits, it’s as likely Sessions will play shooting guard as it is either Jeff Taylor or Ben Gordon.