Whether or not front office changes happen, Cavs could have core forming

Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)
Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by David Richard-USA TODAY Sports) /
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Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland looks to make a play. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /

The Cavs backcourt’s progression is promising

Garland, who had 17.4 points and 6.1 assists per contest, and hit 39.5 percent of his three-point attempts, had quite the bounce-back campaign, and before going on the shelf due to an ankle injury, was really on a tear.

The scoring and passing abilities he displayed throughout his second season has me excited to see what the future holds for him, and his pick-and-roll feel led to buckets for himself and others regularly.

From there, while we’ll have to see regarding a potential sizeable contract extension for him this upcoming offseason, Sexton again took further strides in 2020-21.

His 24.3 points per outing were nothing to sneeze at, and he did so on 57.3 percent true shooting, even with often lackluster shooting around him aside from Garland and with Love so limited injury-wise.

To me, though I’m not saying he could be a #1 guy for Cleveland looking onward, his all-around scoring abilities and for the most part in his career thus far, his durability and passing strides show that he should be a core piece moving forward, too.

And if the Cavaliers can get more consistency around him, that could aid in maximizing his offense, and defensively, adding a player such as Frank Ntilikina or T.J. McConnell for true stretches could be beneficial. The same could go for a 2021 prospect such as Jonathan Kuminga, Scottie Barnes, Evan Mobley and/or Moses Moody.