After the Cleveland Cavaliers Vegas Summer League ended, it is necessary to address the elephant in the room or should I say bull. Collin Sexton was every bit of what people said he wouldn’t be. It also helped to be named to the Summer League First-Team.
The Cavs finished the Summer league at 5-2. Sexton was enigmatic, energetic and flat out awesome in those seven games. In those seven games, everything wasn’t perfect but it was incredibly effective. Stats don’t tell the entire story so allow me please.
No Sexton currently will not look like Rajon Rondo or a John Wall as a passer. It will take time. These were his first seven professional basketball games ever. I’m not going to be the one to harp on something that he will definitely learn.
He averaged 3.4 assists per game. That’s not incredible but again, he will figure that out. He will get after the rest of the off-season and figure it out.
His ability to break down defenses will do his passing numbers wonders the same way Kyrie Irving did in a Cavs uniform. Sexton’s ability to be dynamic will solve that issue all year long and for his entire career.
Sexton can score and score some more. He has the ability to score at all three levels. It’s tough to compare, but he scores the way Russell Westbrook scores. He’s impossible to guard around the rim except when he gets out muscled. He has a nice mid-range jump shot and can shoot from beyond the arc when necessary.
For reference, he took 112 shots during Summer League and only 13 were 3-point shots. His best scoring ability is his understanding for himself. He knows he isn’t a 3-point machine so he doesn’t pretend he is. He takes his game inside to get buckets 5-15 feet from the basket. Sexton always seems to understand the game situation at hand. Like so:
He knew the situation at hand and hit a 3-pointer to the game at 98. He hit just three 3’s in seven games but took and hit one when it mattered most. That’s what the Cavs need again. They need a guy that can have the balls to take over with the departure of LeBron James. The Cavs will need that dude to be able to be “the man” in important parts of the game.
Beyond the statistics, Sexton’s tenacity is pretty unreal. He just has another gear that you don’t see very often for guys that age. He just brings his best regardless of his scoring, passing or anything else for that matter. He has that John Wall and Russell Westbrook intensity that not many people have at that age.
Sexton bringing the intensity to Summer League 👀 pic.twitter.com/ghCkiuUqce— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 17, 2018
Now it would be dumb to immediately expect him to act and play like Westbrook or Wall but it is nice to see. It’s so nice to see a guard on the floor doesn’t care who they are guarding. They just want the challenge. That’s exactly what Sexton does. Don’t expect him to win Rookie of the Year or anything but I would think he could be at least an All-Rookie second team player honestly. Only time will tell.