A few days have past since the Cavs decided to hold onto their number eight overall draft pick, and this selection has yet to grow on me. Usually, when I watch a Cavs draft picks’ film and highlights, I change my negative outlook on the player because they show potential to grow in to NBA play-makers. Collin Sexton has potential to become an elite player in the NBA, but it’s going to take lots of development, and he won’t help keep LeBron this upcoming season.
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Sexton has tremendous athleticism, and will be one of the hardest working players to walk into The Q, but he won’t be the most talented. At Alabama, he was a high usage and low percentage player. For those who don’t understand what that means, it means that Sexton took a bunch of shots and had the ball in his hands a lot, but his shooting percentage and assist numbers were very low. Sexton shot 45% from the field, while only shooting 33% from behind the arc, and generated 3.6 assists per game with a usage rate of over 32%. To put this into perspective, James Harden, who will most likely win the MVP award, lead the league with a usage rate of 36%, yet he lead the league in assists per game, and shot the ball at a much higher clip.
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If the Cavs front office are not the dumbest people in the world, they’re looking to keep LeBron James on the team. That being said, LeBron James had the fifth highest usage rate in the NBA, and now they’re bringing in another high usage player to run the point. LeBron has been talking about playing off ball to end his career, but that’s not going to happen. Since James has returned to Cleveland, everytime a Cavs player gets a rebound they look straight to him. He might not want to play point guard when the Cavs are in their half court sets, but he takes it up the floor almost every time when they’re in transition. So why would the Cavs draft a player who thrives when he’s in transition! Sexton struggles when the game slows down, and doesn’t do a great job creating his own shot. Also previously stated, he doesn’t have a jump shot yet, and LeBron James’ teammates need to be able to catch and shoot, and Sexton won’t be able to do that at this point in his NBA career. The Cavs post draft signing of the Purdue sharp-shooter, Robert Mathias, makes much more sense then the Sexton pick. At least Mathias shot 46% from three this past season.
The only chance the Cavs have at any success this year relies on LeBron signing with them for the 2018-19 season. Even though LeBron’s team wanted Sexton, I don’t see him finding a click within the Cavs rotation.
As Always, GO CAVS
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