Amongst all of the drama already plaguing the Cavs early season, another occurrence hit the Cavalier locker room after Saturday’s blowout loss versus the Charolette Hornets.
According to The Athletic and Joe Vardon, it appears as if there is a divide existing between the veteran players and rookie point guard Collin Sexton. From the report:
This is a reality that the Cavaliers probably would’ve liked to have avoided as a franchise.
While starting the season 0-6 and firing Tyronn Lue, with losses piling up, this type of drama was sure to ensue.
As far as Sexton is concerned, it is no doubt that his NBA career is not up-to-par with what most Cavalier fans had hoped for. His on-the-floor performances averaging 11.1 points and 2.1 turnovers per game have been extremely anticlimactic. Now the off-the-court drama has his name at the epicenter and fans are quickly growing uncertain with the No. 8 draft selection.
Certainly, the Brooklyn Nets did the Cavs a gigantic injustice by winning meaningless games at the end of their season. It’s no secret that Sexton is not yet as talented as names like Trae Young or Luka Doncic.
The fact of the matter is that Sexton is a work in progress. And we knew that. We knew that Sexton was a fast, explosive player who needed a refined jump shot. Other aspects of his game such as his decision making also need polishing to fit the NBA standard for a point guard. In a perfect world, a player that is drafted within the lottery wouldn’t need as much refinement as Sexton does, but this was a relatively top-heavy draft class.
Sexton is 19 years young.
How many 19-year-olds do you know that have their lives 100% in order? Not many.
As far as Sexton not seemingly bothered by the losses and his mediocre performances, that’s something to look into. Undoubtedly, it would provide insurmountable help if he had an actual head coach to help develop his game. With the inconsistency and drama circling the Cavs coaching situation without Lue, you have to wonder how Sexton’s development is affected.
Within the next few weeks, it would greatly benefit the Cavs to solidify their coaching situation. Rumors surrounding Sexton’s former coach, Avery Johnson, could come to the surface. Current interim head coach (or “voice”) of the Cavs, Larry Drew, could also be in consideration for the full-time gig.
Sexton should seek the mentorship and help being offered by the veterans. George Hill should mentor him as much as he can. Veterans should be supportive, not confuting. They’re not winning anything this year, so support the young kid and help him master his craft because he is the future of the franchise.
10 games into the season, you have to pump the brakes on calling a 19-year-old rookie a bust. Give him the tools and time to develop and “The Young Bull” will be just fine for this Cavaliers team moving forward.
Nick Pedone, who thinks nobody should call Sexton a bust yet, can be reached on Twitter @NickPedone12 with questions or comments.