Rookie Collin Sexton of the Cleveland Cavaliers has performed up to par since his teammates reportedly turned on him.
According to a report by Joe Vardon of The Athletic, an unnamed veteran claimed that the 19-year-old Sexton doesn’t know how to play the game.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that when you hear a Cavs veteran talk about younger players not knowing their role, or knowing how to win, or what to do on the court, they mean Sexton. Throughout the organization, the line on Sexton is that he does not “know how to play.” He doesn’t know how to defend the pick and roll. He doesn’t know how to set up teammates as a point guard.
The wine and gold haven’t confirmed or denied the report. Yet some defended Sexton, noting that the veterans should be the one teaching him how to play instead of blaming him for his faults.
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In four games as a starter, Sexton has logged in 18.8 points per game on 47.8 percent shooting from the field and 7 percent from downtown. He admitted that he’s felt his game improve from day one. And he intends to work more by watching film. Per Jake Kauffman of 92.3 The Fan:
“I just feel like I improved and I’m going to continue to learn, I’ve been watching a lot of film on stuff I need to improve on so I just keep going.”