2 things Cavs fans should want to see from Collin Sexton next season

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton is excited after a second half basket. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton is excited after a second half basket. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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Cleveland Cavaliers guards Darius Garland (far right) and Collin Sexton (third from the right) react in-game. (Photo by David Liam Kyle/NBAE via Getty Images) /

#1: Sexton elevating his leadership role for the Cavs

With Tristan Thompson and his leadership gone, Collin could snatch control of the leadership role on and off the floor while the team attempts to gel in the preseason, if and when he’s out there. The backcourt in this sport run the show and having your leader be the one with the ball in his hands very often always is an advantage. Granted, the primary floor general will be Darius Garland, but Sexton will have the ball in his hands a ton.

This squad has plenty of veteran players with experience at a championship level with the likes of JaVale McGee and Kevin Love, but having a young player grab that leadership role will not only help now, but moving towards the future as well.

It does seem that Sexton has appeared to take steps in improving as a vocal leader so far in training camp, though, albeit that needs to play out in preseason action if/when he can go. And  in 2020-21, hopefully we’ll see that.

For what it’s worth, Garland has seemingly taken steps in helping out in the leadership department as well, but Sexton in Year 3 could firmly take hold of that primary leadership role this season. He’s already proven to lead by example with his work ethic, too.

Plus, Sexton just finished his second straight season without missing a single game; this minor ankle injury doesn’t seem at all serious, either. And that track record helps considering a main component to being a leader is being there and available.

Basketball is a game of constant communication, so it will be very important for the flow of this team to have Collin improve as a vocal leader with the ball in his hand, and hopefully, that will show in preseason, and in the regular season, evidently.

Secondly, Sexton needs to start making those around him better.