Cleveland Cavaliers scorer Collin Sexton is one helluva player but he doesn’t come without flaws. In fact, his game’s glaring holes at this stage of his career have prevented the Cavs from going all-in on the prolific guard.
Sexton is coming off a banner year in 2020-21 that saw him average 24.3 points, 3.1, rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game. Still, these figures have failed to convince the Cavs—and other teams— that he’s worthy of a maximum contract.
In a recent episode of the Wine and Gold Talk Podcast, Cavs insider Chris Fedor gave an update on the status of Sexton’s next deal.
“I think there’s a recognition on Collins’s part that they’re not getting the max, not from Cleveland and not from another team in the NBA.”
There are plenty of reasons to love Collin Sexton. He’s a workhorse. He loves Cleveland. And since his arrival in the NBA, he’s only gotten better year after year.
Critics said he can’t shoot from long range, so he worked on his shot. Now, he’s a 39% shooter from 3-point distance on 3.9 attempts per game.
Sexton’s playmaking is still a work in progress, but he’s underrated in this regard. When Darius Garland missed seven games in May, his backcourt buddy dished out 6.6 assists per game. He doesn’t have Garland’s feel yet but he’s not a hopeless case at all.
After the good, here’s the ugly.
Collin Sexton is a shooting guard trapped in a point guard’s body. His physical attributes limit his defensive potential and his reads on that end of the floor leave a lot to be desired.
It’s easy to understand why the market has been this way for Sexton. If his camp and the Cavs fail to come to terms soon, he can bet on himself next season.
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