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Sexton extending the range. Super pumped to see him in year 2 paired with the rookies we draft along with Beilein’s coaching.

View: https://twitter.com/h_grove/status/1130850971674849281?s=21
Thanks for posting this!

This kid will surprise some people. All he cares about is basketball. Looks how better his form looks..and the arch on that shot from so deep is miles ahead from what he started with. Much more fluidity in his upper body through the shooting form as well as much better positioning of his guide hand.

Though he still needs to work on his lower body form.

I'm pumped for Collin.

Now we need to draft well.
 

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Needs to fix that knee valgus. Can’t have him tearing an ACL.
 

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Needs to fix that knee valgus. Can’t have him tearing an ACL.
It might look a bit awkward but if it works the body has a way of adapting. Arnold Palmer had one of the ugliest swings in golf but it worked for him.
 

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I think it's important to note with Sexton that he's a smart kid--a 4.0 GPA student in high school.

A lot of times, he gets that dreaded "low basketball IQ" label and "doesn't know how to play"--at least early in the season. He has the physical tools but struggled mightily to defend--especially in the pick and roll--based on technique and understanding.

Now, think for a second that all through high school--where he attended, Pebblebrook--he was entirely a scoring guard and had to carry that burden. He wasn't tasked with much defensively and he rested on that end.

Then, in one year of Alabama college basketball, it was more of the same. At times, he was a very good on-ball defender, but he wasn't tasked with that as much--even with Avery Johnson coaching him. His job was to score. Score, score, and score some more.

So, he's put on an NBA team that doesn't really give a damn defensively--firing their coach within a few games--and most of the veterans quit on the team. Bad habits, lack of committed coaching defensively, the works. It's like quicksand. It was a bad mix from the very jump. Not to mention the lack of practice time NBA teams really have in-season. To his credit, he still put in the work to change many parts of his game throughout the season and it saved the atmosphere surrounding the Cavaliers season as a result.

So, now we have a supremely hard worker--and a very sharp kid--getting coached by John Beilein. Perhaps that "low basketball IQ" is just stuff he really wasn't taught previously at the level or commitment it needed taught. Combine this sharp, hard-working kid with one of the best teachers in basketball today, and I think we're going to see a match made in heaven. After all, everyone has a low basketball IQ until they are taught the game.

I wouldn't even think about dealing Sexton. I can't wait to see what Beilein does with him.
 
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I think it's important to note with Sexton that he's a smart kid--a 4.0 GPA student in high school.

A lot of times, he gets that dreaded "low basketball IQ" label and "doesn't know how to play"--at least early in the season. He has the physical tools but struggled mightily to defend--especially in the pick and roll--based on technique and understanding.

Now, think for a second that all through high school--where he attended, Pebblebrook--he was entirely a scoring guard and had to carry that burden. He wasn't tasked with much defensively and he rested on that end.

Then, in one year of Alabama college basketball, it was more of the same. At times, he was a very good on-ball defender, but he wasn't tasked with that as much--even with Avery Johnson coaching him. His job was to score. Score, score, and score some more.

So, he's put on an NBA team that doesn't really give a damn defensively--firing their coach within a few games--and most of the veterans quit on the team. Bad habits, lack of committed coaching defensively, the works. It's like quicksand. It was a bad mix from the very jump. Not to mention the lack of practice time NBA teams really have in-season. To his credit, he still put in the work to change many parts of his game throughout the season and it saved the atmosphere surrounding the Cavaliers season as a result.

So, now we have a supremely hard worker--and a very sharp kid--getting coached by John Beilein. Perhaps that "low basketball IQ" is just stuff he really wasn't taught previously at the level or commitment it needed taught. Combine this sharp, hard-working kid with one of the best teachers in the NBA game today, and I think we're going to see a match made in heaven.

I wouldn't even think about dealing Sexton. I can't wait to see what Beilein does with him.
Completely agree with every word of this. I'd add that Ben mentioned that the Cavs didn't even run an offense 90% of the time. It was basically telling guys to go out there and get buckets. That likely explains why Nance took it upon himself to play point forward so often. There wasn't anyone really in charge, so he thought someone needed to step up. It's difficult to imagine a worse situation for a rookie PG in terms of demonstrating/improving his distributing skills.

If you take a look at him in college, his assist numbers weren't nearly as bad. 4.8 assists/40 minutes in college v. just 3.4/36 with the Cavs. Assist percentage of 27.8 in college v. 15.3 with the Cavs. Contrast that with someone like Trae Young, whose numbers were much closer: 9.8 assists/40 minutes in college v. 9.4/36 in the pros. Assist percentage of 40.5 with the Hawks v. 48.6 in college. And my guess is that has a lot to do with the fact that Trae Young was playing PG in a normal NBA offense, and Sexton wasn't.

I can't help but believe that we should see a significant improvement in Collin's assist numbers this year. He's never going to be Stockton or even Trae Young in that regard, but there's no reason he can't develop to be at least adequate.
 
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Completely agree with every word of this. I'd add that Ben mentioned that the Cavs didn't even run an offense 90% of the time. It was basically telling guys to go out there and get buckets. That likely explains why Nance took it upon himself to play point forward so often. There wasn't anyone really in charge, so he thought someone needed to step up. It's difficult to imagine a worse situation for a rookie PG in terms of demonstrating/improving his distributing skills.

If you take a look at him in college, his assist numbers weren't nearly as bad. 4.8 assists/40 minutes in college v. just 3.4/36 with the Cavs. Assist percentage of 27.8 in college v. 15.3 with the Cavs. Contrast that with someone like Trae Young, whose numbers were much closer: 9.8 assists/40 minutes in college v. 9.4/36 in the pros. Assist percentage of 40.5 with the Hawks v. 48.6 in college.

I can't help but believe that we should see a significant improvement in Collin's assist numbers this year. He's never going to be Stockton or even Trae Young in that regard, but there's no reason he can't develop to be at least adequate.
Another point to consider is that Sexton's assist numbers at Alabama were likely deflated because of the poor offensive abilities of his teammates. I'd be interested in finding out how many potential assists he had and how successful his teammates were in converting shots compared to Trae Young, etc. Some of that could be on Sexton, but some could be on guys that have trouble scoring. He did not have a lot of help at Bama.
 

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Another point to consider is that Sexton's assist numbers at Alabama were likely deflated because of the poor offensive abilities of his teammates. I'd be interested in finding out how many potential assists he had and how successful his teammates were in converting shots compared to Trae Young, etc. Some of that could be on Sexton, but some could be on guys that have trouble scoring. He did not have a lot of help at Bama.
We saw in certain games where he piled up assists just getting it to Love or Channingon the 3 point line. There were almost as many starting lineups as Memphis had last year, and they set a record. Hopefully, consistency and continuity are something Collin can expect a little more of this next year as well. Just getting some guarnateed assists from Love will go a long way, and Beilein essentially said this is going to be his focus with Collin.

A system, a coach, and better teammates is going to at least give him the environment where he can build his playmaking skills. The team all "yelled at him" about his shot selection, so if he listens to them about passing the ball, I think it will work. He was making much better passes on the short roll and to the corner at the end of the year. He got a lot of hockey assists that way.

Defense is the one that will be really interesting to see whether he takes the challenge. Got hung up a lot on screens, which I think he can improve. He got tricked with head fakes and all the wily veteran moves guys use to take you off the dribble. I hope Delly is working with him there.
 
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We saw in certain games where he piled up assists just getting it to Love or Channingon the 3 point line. There were almost as many starting lineups as Memphis had last year, and they set a record. Hopefully, consistency and continuity are something Collin can expect a little more of this next year as well. Just getting some guarnateed assists from Love will go a long way, and Beilein essentially said this is going to be his focus with Collin.

A system, a coach, and better teammates is going to at least give him the environment where he can build his playmaking skills. The team all "yelled at him" about his shot selection, so if he listens to them about passing the ball, I think it will work. He was making much better passes on the short roll and to the corner at the end of the year. He got a lot of hockey assists that way.

Defense is the one that will be really interesting to see whether he takes the challenge. Got hung up a lot on screens, which I think he can improve. He got tricked with head fakes and all the wily veteran moves guys use to take you off the dribble. I hope Delly is working with him there.
I'll also be really interested to see if he puts on muscle in the offseason. That's a big plus when it comes to playing defense.
 

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I'll also be really interested to see if he puts on muscle in the offseason. That's a big plus when it comes to playing defense.
People say he is slight, but he seems thick for a shorter guy to me. I see a frame that can fill out a bit. I just don't see him as super skinny not strong, what do you think?
 

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