Collin Sexton has had a pretty solid year for the Cavs, and while the debate about him being able to be “the guy” rolls on, no one is debating he can be a huge piece for this team going forward. Recently, Sexton started to receive praise for watching game film of other NBA stars like C.J. McCollum, Jamal Murray, and Donovan Mitchell.
Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com wrote about Sexton and why he’s watching those two Western Conference guards, saying;
"Sexton and (Donovan) Mitchell share the same agent. They are close. Even though currently on wildly different teams, it’s been an upward trajectory. Sexton, the Cavaliers’ leading scorer, is in his third season and constantly studies other players. The Cavs have given him tape of Denver’s Jamal Murray as one. On his own, Sexton has watched Portland’s CJ McCollum and Mitchell."
As they say, greatness recognizes greatness. So it’s not surprising to hear that Sexton is watching the best in the game do what they do. This is a huge sign of maturity for the rising player who has earned the nickname “Young Bull”.
Yet, Sexton still has a long way to go as a player and leader.
His on-court game continues to lack a reliable three-point shot, and mostly because Sexton wastes good looks to drive, or chucks up a shot he should’ve passed out of. Defensively he’s a liability, though no one can say he doesn’t put in the effort.
What really is troubling is that yes, he’s only 22 years old, but he’s also going out of his way to do things that divide the team. While you may or may not like Kevin Love and his contract, he’s a teammate to Sexton, at the very least he should try to get along with him. Yet, Sexton has such short foresight that he still behaves impulsively.
Liking a comment that denigrates a teammate will only breed hostility. Teams don’t thrive when they hate each other. Sexton has got to do better than this. It might be a small thing to many, but it’s these minor, passive-aggressive moments that destroy relationships.
You can’t win at team-sports if you don’t have a relationship with those you work with usually.
Sexton has a long way to go, and hopefully, he matures to the point of being a leader this team needs, but to do that he needs to watch more tape and spend less time on social media.