JonFromVA wrote: jbk1234 wrote:
I think thats my biggest gripe with Sexton is that he still doesnt have that feel for the game about when to do this, or where to do that. Everything just feels forced with him and I guess thats where my belief that he still overthinks on the court and doesnt play fluid at all comes from.
The amount of times he gets blocked at this rim still tells me all that I need to know about his 'BBIQ' or 'feel' for the game. He just never seems to be 1 step ahead of the defense. If he cant show that level of improvement this year I truly think it is the difference in paying him 120M as a longterm starter and 90M as a borderline starter that can be traded.
I think he's a pure scorer, he has a very strong scorer's instinct, and he's a very instinctive player. There are little things he could do to make his game more well rounded, but he primarily relies on his speed to get by his defender and he's so fast that he commits pretty early on in the play. All of that has value. He has a role. But you don't build *around* that player. He accepts the role that's best for the team, or not.
Unless of course he grows ...
Thats the issue, I havent seen a ton of growth from him over the past 2 seasons. He improved from rookie-->sophomore but its sort of stayed stagnant since then. I know its only preseason but even the past 5 games this year he looks like the same old Colin Sexton as last year. Turned the ball over a ton and got blocked at the rim a bunch.
I get that his value is scoring but hypotheically, if the Cavs did trade him at the deadline (they wont, but still) I think there is a chance at some addition by subtraction. I think him being on the bench or if he was off the roster would let guys like Garland/Okoro grow and assume a much larger role. Since both of them are more well rounded/versatile than Sexton I wonder if the increace opportunity to 'go to work' on offense would make the Cavs better.
Its the same argument I made with Kevin Love from 2018-2020 and particularly TT when he was here. They are very good in certain areas of their games but they also are complete blackholes in other areas that it almost cancels out anything good they do. I argued that the Cavs would benefit from moving TT because while they would miss his rebounding/dunking--it would open up the offense so much more because there wouldnt be a blackhole anymore at C and it would allow the offense to function far more smoothly.
I get that same vibe from Collin. Sure hes a great scorer--but much like Love/TT the weaknesses in his game cripple the team so much that I wonder if they would just be better without him and let Garland/Okoro take the reigns. Especially with more mouths to feed with Lauri/Mobley/Rubio--we cant afford for this team to revolve around Collin Sexton.
Maybe, just maybe, getting rid of Sexton would allow Garland/Okoro/Mobley/Lauri/Allen to all take big steps forward in their games with the increased opportunities if Sexton was no longer demanding 35% of the offense and possession.