Cavs: 3 areas where Collin Sexton needs to improve next season

Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images
Collin Sexton, Cleveland Cavaliers. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images /
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Kevin Love, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers big man Kevin Love and Cleveland guard Collin Sexton talk in-game. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

#1: Improving on post entry passes

Sexton showed better passing feel and more willingness post-All-Star leading into the hiatus, and though Darius Garland missing the Cavs’ last five games leading into the hiatus had some to do with it, it was good to see Sexton have 4.2 assists per outing in that span.

He was doing a commendable job hitting dump-offs to bigs such as Drummond, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson after drives, and Sexton has displaying better recognition at hitting spray-outs to shooters such as Kevin Love and Cedi Osman, which was the case more so since February-ish.

Though I’d say Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. are in the same boat here, even with Sexton not feasibly a primary playmaker nearly as much next season as opposed to Garland, Sexton needs to improve on his post entry passes.

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With the Cavs still reportedly viewing Love as a key piece for them that can help their young pieces develop, I’d prefer to see Sexton should better timing in getting his post entries into Love earlier.

The same goes for Drummond, who even though he seemingly could be a trade candidate next season near the deadline, will reportedly likely opt into his $28.8 milllion player option for next season, per Fedor, and hopefully, Sexton can get the ball easier into Drummond to get the Cavs’ offense better looks and with more time to operate in the shot clock. I’d include Nance in that realm, too.

If Sexton improves with his post entries, along with those other youngsters, the Cavs’ offense would again have much more time to operate, and far too often, it’s taken Sexton and those others too much time to get those in.

Sexton seemed to improve in that regard and was more decisive with the ball post-All-Star in settled offense, but I haven’t see that nearly enough, and hopefully, with more film study and work with Bickerstaff, assistant coach Lindsay Gottlieb and others, Sexton can get the ball in earlier clock to Love to score/playmake.

Plus, if Sexton does so, he could very well get the back and get more shooting opportunities via relocation, and he’s proven to be a heck of a catch-and-shoot threat and is a better finisher near the rim.

The next improvement/focus area for Sexton also is in the passing realm, and plays off the first.