Collin Sexton has gotten a lot of flack from fans this season but he’s showing Cleveland Cavalier fans everywhere that he really could be great.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, Collin Sexton needs to pass more. Good joke, right? Sexton has had a bit of a reputation of a ball stopper of sorts. Drafted as a point guard, the Cavs decided he wasn’t and instead drafted Darius Garland to play next to him. Since then Sexton hasn’t had any real desire to play distributor in the Cavs offense. This has angered fans, with some saying he needs more assists because he’s a point guard.
Except he’s not, he’s a shooting guard.
The biggest issue Sexton needs to work on isn’t his assist but his general passing. He has a tendency to be a ball/momentum stopper at times. Great shooters know when to distribute and he needs to work on that. That’s not however what fans are demanding. Fans want him to give up scoring opportunities to other teammates and frankly, why bother? He’s a tremendous scorer who’s over 20 points a game this year,
Through his March 4, 2020, Sexton’s shooting split for the season looks like this; 46.4% from the field, 38.8% from three, 84.3 from the line. Sure, you’d like his free throw numbers to be in the 90s, and his three’s to be in the 40s, but he’s been tremendously effective considering he’s only one of three real options alongside Kevin Love and Kevin Porter Jr.
According to NBA Central, over Sexton’s last five games, he’s averaged 29.6 points a game, 3.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, on 56% shooting from the floor, 52% from three and 79% from on free throws. That’s really dang impressive, not sustainable over a full season, but impressive.
His performance alone nearly propelled a short-handed Cavs against a short-handed Celtics on Wednesday night. If Sexton keeps playing this well, with Andre Drummond, Love and the rookie class of 2019 fully healthy, this rebuild may be ready to be challenged next year with a full playoff run.