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A lot has been made of the Sexton/Garland backcourt pairing and what it will mean to the team. Mostly it has been in regards to the defense and whether Sexton can really guard the 2.

Really 2 guard is one of the weakest positions in the league right now. Because scoring from the 1 is so popular now, the 2 is generally relegated as a catch and shoot type of player on most teams. I really don't think it is that big of an issue except Collin needs to stop penetration which he has been terrible at. I don't think many 2's are going to be taking him in the post.

What about Offensively? How is it going to work?

Pros as I see them are:

Collin and Garland are really good catch and shoot guys and Garland started playing basketball as the off guard so he gets to his spots when he doesn't have the ball.
If they both have 3-4 assists a game they can play the pg by committee. I actually think between Cedi, Love, and Nance along with these 2 guys we should have enough playmakers. I actually prefer it because it is more unpredictable than one of them setting up every time.
Collin is better going to the rim and is faster, Garland is shiftier and can break the defense down with his dribble. I think this wears defenses out.
Spacing should be fantastic with both on the court at the same time similar to Kyrie/JR.
Collin showed a willingness to screen and that could be pretty cool.
garland is supposed to be a better passer than he has shown. I think that is funny that he is supposed to be great while doing less in College than Collin, but that's what his coaches say. They are both good passers in the open floor, and that is nice when running a high pace and having Cedi and Windler on the wing, who both run the floor well along with TT and Nance.

Cons: It's all defense and size. I'll admit I had a feeling of dread when they first called Garland's name. I want guys bigger than their position, but that is not what we have. How willing of a passer is Garland. Is he going to settle for contested jump shots every time down the floor. The biggest problem is going to be sharing the ball and pg responsibilities. If either guy isn't giving it up, the iso-ing can snowball in a hurry. Hopefully Beilein's system will curtail this. Collin had a tendency to ignore the bigs on the roll. IF both of them do this, it is going to get ugly and they will be much easier to cover. Let's hope they both develop some chemistry with Love and Zizic who should both be able to get very easy shots off action by both Garland and Sexton.

What am a I missing here?
 

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If Garland and Sexton are going to work long term, I think Koby really needs to load up on wings. When that pairing is getting exploited by larger backcourts, a tradition SG isn't going to be the answer.

KPJ and Windler are good starts to add to Cedi but with how the NBA is treading SG, SF, and PF are all position wings will get significant time at. We need guys that can at least play two of those positions and hopefully have one or two guys that can play all 3.

We really don't need anyone else but Garland, Sexton, and someone like Delly holding down a spot on the 15 man roster long term falling under the category of "guard".
 
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I think it will be a rocky start, but on paper both guys are actually suited to play together. Between them having the tools and Beilein being the guiding figure I don't think we will have problems on offense by the end of the season.

But yeah the defense... Not to mention it will look that much worse with TT etc holding down 'rim protection' duties. We should use this year imo to see if they ultimately can make it work (can Sexton improve? Can Garland show defensive ability?). Then draft/acquire an actual defensive 5 next year and see what the best case scenario looks like.

If it doesn't work out the option to move one of them to the bench to be the 6th man is always there.
 

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I think it will be a rocky start, but on paper both guys are actually suited to play together. Between them having the tools and Beilein being the guiding figure I don't think we will have problems on offense by the end of the season.

But yeah the defense... Not to mention it will look that much worse with TT etc holding down 'rim protection' duties. We should use this year imo to see if they ultimately can make it work (can Sexton improve? Can Garland show defensive ability?). Then draft/acquire an actual defensive 5 next year and see what the best case scenario looks like.

If it doesn't work out the option to move one of them to the bench to be the 6th man is always there.
Numbers say Zizic was the best defender at the rim last year. If he can up his scoring and he is still the best defender there...
 

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Zizic is a 3rd big at best as is without significant offseason improvement. The Cavs are without question going to be the worst defense in the league for the next couple seasons not just next season. Adding a defensive project big from the draft isn't going to produce results quickly.
What types of replacement vets the Cavs bring in after so many falls off the books next summer will determine if they can balance out the 2-way issue.
Garland is unlikely to play good defense at any point since he is a offensive only player, where Sexton may at the very least improve to average on that side of the ball.
Garland better be Steph lite since they didn't trade him like they wanted to after picking him, I hope for the Cavs sake he is.
 

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Zizic is a 3rd big at best as is without significant offseason improvement. The Cavs are without question going to be the worst defense in the league for the next couple seasons not just next season. Adding a defensive project big from the draft isn't going to produce results quickly.
What types of replacement vets the Cavs bring in after so many falls off the books next summer will determine if they can balance out the 2-way issue.
Garland is unlikely to play good defense at any point since he is a offensive only player, where Sexton may at the very least improve to average on that side of the ball.
Garland better be Steph lite since they didn't trade him like they wanted to after picking him, I hope for the Cavs sake he is.
Zero reports suggested they wanted to trade Garland. They shopped the pick before picking Garland. Didn't find any offers and took BPA.
 

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Zizic is a 3rd big at best as is without significant offseason improvement. The Cavs are without question going to be the worst defense in the league for the next couple seasons not just next season. Adding a defensive project big from the draft isn't going to produce results quickly.
What types of replacement vets the Cavs bring in after so many falls off the books next summer will determine if they can balance out the 2-way issue.
Garland is unlikely to play good defense at any point since he is a offensive only player, where Sexton may at the very least improve to average on that side of the ball.
Garland better be Steph lite since they didn't trade him like they wanted to after picking him, I hope for the Cavs sake he is.
No need to make things up man. There is literally 0 chnage the CAvs wanted to trade Garland after watching his workout. Garland is most likely the most impressive workout warrior in the draft because of his shooting and ball handling.

Garland is a slam dunk pick. Trust me.
 

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No need to make things up man. There is literally 0 chnage the CAvs wanted to trade Garland after watching his workout. Garland is most likely the most impressive workout warrior in the draft because of his shooting and ball handling.

Garland is a slam dunk pick. Trust me.
Yeah the brand new head coach fell in love with him there. He was beaming at the presser. I don't think they wanted to trade him. They were going to trade the pick to get Langford and Porter Jr. Got one target anyway.
 

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No need to make things up man. There is literally 0 chnage the CAvs wanted to trade Garland after watching his workout. Garland is most likely the most impressive workout warrior in the draft because of his shooting and ball handling.

Garland is a slam dunk pick. Trust me.
Here's the thing....

If he's such a slam-dunk pick, then the rest of the NBA should have known that as well, and so been willing to pony up major assets to trade up for him. If they weren't...then maybe he wasn't quite that much of a slam dunk.
 

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Here's the thing....

If he's such a slam-dunk pick, then the rest of the NBA should have known that as well, and so been willing to pony up major assets to trade up for him. If they weren't...then maybe he wasn't quite that much of a slam dunk.
injury+small sample size and the fact that it was quite a deep draft probably changed a lot. I really believe in his talent.
 

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