The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Cleveland drafted him in order to help jump-start the rebuilding process since LeBron James declared he was going to join the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency. Now, with LeBron out of Cleveland for a second time, Sexton will get more opportunities to lead the offense once the 2019 NBA season begins.
But even before the NBA regular season tips off in October, the former Alabama point guard has been getting his opportunities to learn how to transition his game into the NBA during this summer’s NBA Summer League season. Until last night, Sexton had a chance to help lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Summer League Finals. Except, it was to no avail as Josh Hart and the Lakers proved to be too much for the Cavs, winning in a double-overtime thriller, 112-109. Still, Sexton proved yet again that he is a young upcoming prospect as he finished the game with 27 points, three rebounds, and two assists while also managing to snag two steals . The amount of intensity he brings on both ends of the floor is unquestionable. Just watch him lock in on Josh Hart in the closing seconds of a tie game in the semi final round of summer league against the undefeated Lakers.
Even though the Cavaliers weren’t able to make it to the final round of summer league, fans should still like the way the team has competed throughout the summer, especially Sexton. Over the course of seven games in NBA Summer League the rookie has averaged 19.6 points on 43% shooting while also grabbing 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists. If that’s any indication how Sexton will play in the actual NBA then you might say the Cavs got the steal of the draft.
On top of his promising NBA Summer League season, Sexton will get the chance to make rookie mistakes during the regular season without getting highly scrutinized by the media now that the Cavaliers are no longer a focal point in competing for an NBA championship. Not to mention, depending on whether or not Cleveland ends up trading all-star forward Kevin Love, this particular Cavalier team will still have a shot to possibly make the playoffs as a possible seventh or eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. Either way, it looks like the point guard is ready to make his mark in the NBA. Sexton’s toughness alone will bring an edge to a lackluster Cavs roster. Finally, given that he will have more chances to lead the Cavaliers on offense now that LeBron is gone, perhaps Sexton will finish his first NBA season with a chance to win NBA All-Rookie First Team honors or maybe even become the NBA Rookie of the Year.