Cleveland Cavaliers: Two bold predictions for Collin Sexton for 2020-21

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton celebrates after a made basket by Cleveland wing Kevin Porter Jr. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton celebrates after a made basket by Cleveland wing Kevin Porter Jr. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

Here, I’ll emphasize two bold predictions for Collin Sexton for his third season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

One of the few bright spots for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2019-20 season was how Collin Sexton, to a large degree, performed in his second year. Shifting more to a 2 guard role with the arrival of Darius Garland, Sexton truly took it to another level as a scorer.

He again proved he had the ability to knock down three-point shots consistently, as he hit 38.0 percent of those attempts, improved as a finisher near the basket and hit his share of mid-range looks in-rhythm.

Along those lines, on the year, even with Kevin Love, such a polished inside-out scoring big, mostly healthy, Sexton led Cleveland in scoring with 20.8 points per game. Considering that, in the upcoming 2020-21 season, I see Sexton building on that sort of thing even more.

Also, in a previous article, I listed Sexton as the third-best player on the Cavs likely heading into next season. That being said, Sexton has the potential to be #1.

The Young Bull has shown his ceiling and hopes to expand his performance in year two.

Here, I’ll highlight two bold predictions for Sexton’s third year in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The first bold prediction has to do with Sexton further establishing himself as Cleveland’s go-to scorer, and one of the most dangerous young bucket-getters in the NBA.

#1: Sexton averages 25.0 points per game for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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Sexton is perfectly labeled a high-energy scoring guard. In year two, he was the Cavs’ leading scorer, with those aforementioned 20.8 points per outing, which was up from 16.7 in his rookie campaign.

Despite a nice year two jump, many recognize Love and Andre Drummond as the Cavs’ best players.

That’s assuming Drummond picks up his $28.8 million player option for 2020-21, which is reportedly likely, and seemingly a near-certainty, really. Drummond is one of the game’s best centers, and is coming off a career-best 17.7 points per game, is one of the NBA’s best rebounders.

Anyhow, Sexton reaching 25.0 points per game would be an Allen Iverson-esque step forward. Sexton is motivated, capable, and always gunning for more.

All signs point to a big year for #2, and this next bold prediction would definitely demonstrate that.

#2: Sexton is an All-Star for the Cleveland Cavaliers

Making the All-Star Game is a bold, bold, bold prediction for Sexton. This prediction does have a chance with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ improving roster, though, and Sexton’s step forward.

Furthermore, Sexton did also recently touch on how he wants to “push toward that All-Star Game,” in this next season/years following, via WKYC’s Ben Axelrod.

Anyway, even with more talent, Sexton will need two important helping hands to become an All-Star. First, the Cavaliers have to win more games.

The Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal’s absence from the All-Star game in 2020 is a reminder that fans/other components of voters have no interest in the best player on a bad team appearing in the All-Star Game.

If the Cleveland Cavaliers can sit at a much-improved .500, than Sexton (while meeting the first bold prediction) should catch attention. On top of team success, Sexton will also need public backing. Love, Drummond, Cavs head coach J.B Bickerstaff, Cavs general manager Koby Altman and others will need to speak more highly of Sexton.

When those names speak, Sexton can’t be talked about as “only being (then) 22″ or “still learning,” but instead as a player “taking a step forward,” or “realizing his potential,” to be an All-Star in 2021.

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These predictions again are very lofty, but with Sexton’s tireless work ethic, perhaps he can make them happen next season with the Cavs moving in the right direction.