The Cavs have to face a sobering reality on how high Collin Sexton’s ceiling really is, as some in the NBA feel he’s no more than a bench player.
The Cleveland Cavaliers may not have the superstar player they had hoped for with Collin Sexton. This according to Brian Windhorst. Windhorst was on the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast with co-hosts Chris Fedor and Hayden Grove and spoke about many things, but the most ear-grabbing was the league-wide perception about Sexton.
Windhorst was quoted as saying,
"When I talk to people in the NBA about Collin Sexton, they think he’s a bench player. They think if he’s your first guard off the bench, you’ve got a really good team. But that’s the kind of role he should be in."
So, to be clear, this isn’t Windhorst’s opinions, but the opinions of those he’s talked to. So that question about where Sexton’s talents truly lie will be up in the air for quite some time. To be fair, it’s not the first time that NBA talent evaluators were wrong, nor will it be the last time.
The comments made by these anonymous NBA personalities however echo a lot of what local fans feel about Sexton, which is that he’s largely a better option as a sixth man type player and not as a starter. They might be right but that doesn’t sound like the worst thing.
Jamal Crawford and Lou Williams have made careers off of that job.
It does however bring back guards into the discussion of who the Cavs need to draft or at the very least a ball handler. If the Cavs do draft another guard then fans are going to be rightfully upset. While the theory of drafting the best player available makes sense, it’s Koby Altman’s job to make sure that he hits with his draft picks. If he passes on an Obi Toppin or Deni Avdija type player for another guard and that pick doesn’t pay off with immediate dividends, it’ll be hard to justify keeping Altman.
Sexton’s development and the 2020 NBA Draft will forever define Altman’s tenure as Cavs GM, so he better know what he’s doing with both assets.