Amongst a sea of disappointment, disaster, depression and many other “D” words, Cavs PG Collin Sexton has been one of the lone bright spots. He and the newly acquired Jarrett Allen are dually responsible for the minimal success the Cavs have enjoyed so far this season.
Sexton poured on 36 points at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Sunday, carrying the Cavs to a 116-105 win over the Raptors. Although collectively J.B. Bickerstaff’s squad is lost, they at least have some budding stars to build around for the future.
Sexton certainly fits that description. Throughout 2020-21, he is averaging over 25 points a game and shooting nearly 40% from three-point land. Concerns about the state of his jump shot have proven to be wildly exaggerated.
What’s especially encouraging is Sexton’s growth across his three seasons in the NBA. His scoring and assists have been on a steady climb since his rookie year when his field goal percentage sat at 43%. It’s now risen to 48%, while his points per game are up nearly eight points since 2018. He also looks much more comfortable facilitating as a point guard, his assists rising to about four per game. Some claim his exclusion from the 2021 All-Star nomination was a crime and he certainly would have a case looking at his progress.
With C Jarrett Allen rumored to be in line for a massive extension of $100 million, what’s in store for Sexton is equal parts exciting and nerve-wracking. GM Koby Altman needs to realize the potential of these two blossoming studs, both 22 years old, and put some real pieces around them. The experiments of Cedi Osman and Taurean Prince should be forbidden from continuing any longer. It is a crime against Cavs fans to be forced to watch players that don’t belong in the NBA trot out onto the court. In the meantime, we can be thoroughly entertained by Sexton’s dynamic scoring, whether he’s on fire from the outside or attacking like a charging bull around the rim.