Collin Sexton keeps producing in a big way for the Cleveland Cavaliers and that isn’t going unnoticed.
It’s been only seven games to this point, but he’s put up gaudy scoring totals. Sexton is currently averaging 25.7 points per game on a scorching 55.1 percent shooting, and he’s knocked down 54.2 percent of his three-point attempts.
He’s averaged 3.4 assists and 1.4 steals per outing as well. Anyhow, it’s clear that the young Cavs guard, who just recently turned 22 years on Monday, has the basketball world’s attention. Notably, Sexton received a shoutout from future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade.
After a 27-point performance (including a go-ahead triple) against the Atlanta Hawks last weekend, in which Sexton had 13 fourth quarter points, Wade took to Twitter on Sunday to acknowledge what appears to be the NBA’s most improved player to this point.
That was on Saturday, for what it’s worth, albeit that really jumped out to me still. And Wade seemingly gave Sexton his applause via Twitter in a quote tweet to NBA on ESPN shortly after his go-ahead triple before that.
Wade giving Sexton a major shoutout was awesome to see, and it seems that Sexton is just getting started for the Cavs.
The Wade and Sexton relationship hasn’t been talked about since Sexton’s rookie year for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade’s final year playing. In a year of limited highlights for the Alabama product, Wade chose Sexton to swap jerseys with during his final Cleveland appearance.
Sexton revealed that Wade left him with some words of wisdom, saying, via Bleacher Report’s AMA back in October, this at that time, as then-h/t Cavaliers Nation’s Brad Sullivan.
“He said the losing would get better. Don’t run away from it. I can talk to him pretty much any day, could call him right now. That’s definitely my guy.”
The love between Sexton and Wade didn’t start with the jersey swap. The earliest interaction between the two goes back four years. Wade graced the sideline of the 2017 McDonald’s All-American game.
The game included talent such as Trae Young, Michael Porter Jr., Jaren Jackson, Deandre Ayton and more. Despite all the future talent, Sexton got Wade and his son Zaire out of their seats with an unbelievable behind-the-back alley-oop to Kevin Knox, of which you can view more on from near then here, via Zac Wassink, then of Bleacher Report.
Perhaps Wade’s recent tweet is really just amazement of watching Sexton grow from a high school All-American to NBA showstopper for the Wine and Gold.
Sexton, who closed out last season so strongly, looks to be a cornerstone moving forward for the Cavs, and he, Darius Garland, Andre Drummond and others have been key players for a squad off to a solid 4-3 start.
Cleveland, as evidenced by Dante Exum’s right calf strain and him being reportedly expected to miss one-to-two months, and of which you can view more on injury news here and also here, is becoming very banged up, though.
In any case, that Wade shoutout to Sexton was really cool to see and shows Collin is lighting it up to begin his Year 3.