Cavs coach John Beilein says backcourt positions don’t matter when it comes to Darius Garland, Collin Sexton
The Cleveland Cavaliers may have created a bit of a problem when they selected Darius Garland fifth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft on Thursday night. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound rookie played point guard in college, which means the Cavs will now have to figure out who will be the main floor general for the team after drafting point guard Collin Sexton last year.
According to new Cavs head coach John Beilein, however, there won’t be a problem as he plans to play a position-less type of basketball next season, which means Garland and Sexton could play at the same time.
Beilein on who will play 1/2 between Garland and Sexton: "Doesn't make a difference." Says positionless lineup with two guards, two forwards and one big is what he'll go with. #Cavs
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) June 21, 2019
Garland is still recovering from the torn meniscus he suffered early during the past NCAA season, but he is expected to be ready in opening night for the Cavs.
In the five games he played for Vanderbilt, the 19-year-old averaged 16.2 points on a whopping 75 percent shooting from the field, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. If he can adjust easily to how the game is played in the NBA, then it should be a good sign for Cleveland.
As for Sexton, he struggled in the first few months of his rookie year. However, he slowly but surely got his groove and finished with averages of 16.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He was also excellent from beyond the arc with a 40 percent clip.
If both guards will be able to co-exist, the Cavs will be in a good spot next season. Garland and Sexton have the potential to one of the best backcourt duos in the league, and if they can live up to the expectations, Cleveland might be back in the playoffs sooner than expected.