Bleacher Report doesn’t have Jarrett Allen or Collin Sexton high on their list.
Bleacher Report writer Grant Hughes is no fan of the Cavs. He recently posted his Top 25 Under 25 list and you’d be correct to assume the Cavaliers have a presence on the list. After all, with Collin Sexton, Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland, Isaac Okoro, and Lauri Markkanen on the roster, you’d imagine that a few of them would appear on the list.
And they did. Just at the bottom (or the top?)
Sexton and Allen did in fact appear on the list at no.s 25 and 24 respectively. Players like Tyrese Haliburton, Miles Bridges, Lonzo Ball, R.J. Barrett, and Jaren Jackson Jr. all appeared ahead of them. This is something most, if not all would agree is a slap in the face, at least to Sexton.
The biggest slap in the face, however, is seeing Raptors forward OG Anunoby and his inconsistent shooting, appearing at No. 13, with him being compared to Kawhi Leonard. While he may be good defensively, maybe even great, he’s at best 2021-2022’s version of Bruce Bowen.
The Cavs disrespect is real with Collin Sexton’s and Jarrett Allen’s rankings
To sum up Hughes’s take on Sexton, he basically said Sexton is too ball-dominant, doesn’t play defense and the Cavaliers are “markedly better” with him off the floor. Except the on/off stats don’t factor opposing talent. When Sexon was off the court, it was often against the opposing team’s second unit. It’s an incomplete profile. It’s like say Evan Mobley dominated against 18-year-olds in college, so he’ll be able to dominate 28-year-old, All-NBA players. We don’t know it’s true, but we don’t know it’s not, either.
Sexton, however, is a ball hog and isn’t good on defense, that’s fair but the same is true for Tyrese Haliburton and yet he’s ahead of Sexton.
For Allen, the basic premise is that while he’s a great low-post defender, he couldn’t play good defense in the playoffs because he’s too slow and big men like him are often exposed by opposing offenses. Fair, but again, we point to Jarren Jackson Jr. being higher than Allen, and Jackson isn’t a better defender and can’t even stay on the court.
His three-point shooting makes him a more intriguing option offensively but Allen is a more efficient scorer, a better defender, and a better rebounder. Allen should’ve been higher than Jackson, that’s not even debatable.
Arguably, neither man deserved to be higher than 17 or 18 on the list. They have holes in their game and they are far from the best prospects around. That said, they deserved better than the last two spots on the proverbial bench.