RUMOR: Cavs’ cornerstone stud of the future, revealed. And it’s not Collin Sexton
The Cleveland Cavaliers are in an interesting place right now. After yet another disappointing season, the Cavs continue to search for their identity as they look to develop into a formidable threat out East in the coming years.
According to team insider Chris Fedor of cleveland.com, the Cavs may have already found their cornerstone superstar of the future. And no, it’s not Collin Sexton:
While the Cavs have a young core, I think there are legitimate questions about the ceiling. They need a focal point, someone to build around instead of with. As it stands, point guard Darius Garland is most important. After a lousy rookie season, he made big strides as a sophomore. He displayed the playmaking skill set that has many within the organization believing he’s already the team’s best player. Expectations are he will only get better with more confidence and experience.
According to Fedor, he is under the impression that Darius Garland is the player the Cavs will want to build around. The 21-year-old combo guard saw a significant improvement in his sophomore campaign this season, averaging 17.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.9 triples per game on a 45.1-percent clip. He’s not exactly the most refined player out there, but there’s no denying that the future is bright for this young man.
Interestingly, Fedor rated Sexton as the third most important player in the Cavs’ young core. Big man Jarrett Allen is second on his list, who Fedor believes “possesses plenty of untapped potential, is the backline anchor at that end.”
Rookie Isaac Okoro is also going to be a key piece for Cleveland moving forward, with the 20-year-old shooting guard possessing two-way potential.
The Cavs have been bad these past few years, but as it appears, things are starting to look up for this highly promising squad.