4. The Small Guards
Instead of trading the Brooklyn pick to help a team with LeBron on it, the Cavs held onto it and selected Collin Sexton. Sexton started off slowly, and was snubbed for the Rising Stars game in his rookie season.
After the dis, Sexton went to work, finishing the 2018-2019 campaign by playing some stellar ball.
Sexton’s stats have dropped from last year’s second half, but he’s still a good scorer. He still doesn’t look to pass, and that’s visibly aggravated his teammates on the floor.
To complicate things, the Cavs took Darius Garland fifth overall in last summer’s draft. Garland is a another small guard. With back-to-back lottery picks, the Cavs took similar players in their backcourt.
Duplication of skills can be problematic. Remember when LeBron went to Miami? They ultimately won two titles in four Finals’ appearances, but it took a little big for James and D-Wade to click. Both were ball dominant players, and they just had to find the right fit.
These guys are legends of the game–not 19 and 20 looking to establish themselves in NBA.
It’s still early in their careers to make a judgement, but Sexton might be best suited as sixth-man. Meanwhile, Garland is coming off a serious injury suffered in his lone year at Vanderbilt. If he comes out blazin’ next season, the Cavs will have taken a step in the right direction.
Right now though, it looks like two average drafts in back-to-back years.