It has been an impressive summer league so far for the Cavs new point guard.
Collin Sexton led the Cavs to a dominant 96-84 win over the Sacramento Kings yesterday in the first round of the Summer League playoffs. After scoring 16 points in the first half, Sexton finished the game with 25 points, seven assists, four rebounds and one steal.
With the Cavs resting both Cedi Osman and Ante Zizic, Sexton has been tasked with carrying a larger workload and an increased leadership role. This isn’t by accident either. The Cavs organization knows Sexton will have to handle being in the forefront now that LeBron isn’t around. This will give Sexton his first taste of what it takes to lead a franchise as their new frontman, while also showing the front office if the rookie can handle the pressure.
He’s handled it all wonderfully, scoring double figures in every Summer League game he’s played. The Cavs raved about Sexton’s conditioning and intensity after they selected him in the draft. Both of those areas have stood out as his greatest strengths. He’s excelled when driving towards the basket, just as we all saw him do at Alabama. He’s not the tallest guard, but he’s stocky. He uses this physicality for strong finishes around the rim and to draw fouls.
While he’s impressed us with his play, there’s still a lot left to be desired with his overall game. From what we’ve seen out of Sexton to this point, that’s not a negative though. He’s shown improvement in every game. Starting with their first Summer League game until now, you can see he’s already worked on passing off the dribble and utilizing screens more, both of which are areas he struggled with in college. It shows he’s willing to continue working on his game and isn’t complacent.
His jump shot still needs work, especially from deep. He failed to hit either of his three-point attempts in yesterday’s matchup against the Kings. His defenders began slacking off on him in the second half, trying to stop him from driving for layups and leaving him open to pull up for a jumper. He capitalized yesterday, but those shots aren’t something he can rely on just yet. Luckily for him, he’s under the tutelage of assistant coach Damon Jones and potentially the greatest spot up shooter of all time in Kyle Korver.
As long as he’s able to take the criticism from Damon Jones, rather than chuck soup at him because of it.
Since the Cavaliers defeated the Kings, they will move on in the single elimination tournament. We will get another glimpse of Sexton and the rest of the Summer League when they face the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.