John Beilein seeing improved play from Collin Sexton

The second-year Cavs guard still has to room to grow

Mitch Spinell
December 19, 2019 - 2:28 pm
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton

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Independence, OH (92.3 The Fan) - In the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 100-98 win over the Charlotte Hornets last night, Collin Sexton led the way with 23 points and 3 steals, both team highs.

He also led the Cavs with five turnovers, though that didn’t seem too concerning to Cavs head coach John Beilein. In fact, Beilein was very optimistic of Sexton’s development at Cavs practice this afternoon:

“I think he’s seeing the floor much better. I mean, when he’s in transition, we don’t want him to pass the ball until some else is open. Just use your speed, and that’s how he’s been having these great games.”

Sexton has recorded five assists or more in three of the Cavs’ previous five contests, including a season-high six on November 27 against Orlando.

However, Beilein also added that some improvements will still be needed from his guard along the way.

“He’s more of a scorer who can pass, than a passer who can score, but there’s gonna be times where he’s got to see the open man better.”

Beilein even went to into statistical detail on Sexton’s development, pointing out that his assists total at this point last season will be comparable to this year’s (through 28 games in the 2018-19 season, Sexton recorded 73 assists; this year, he’s at 67). However, the head coach is more interested in what Sexton’s numbers would be if his teammates were able to finish with scores:

“I want to get the number on his expected assists – where we’d be if we made the shot. The assists aren’t always indicative of his decisions.”

Sexton may be able to boost his passing numbers (and maybe more) against three of the Cavs’ next five opponents - the Memphis Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, and Minnesota Timberwolves - who all rank in the NBA’s bottom ten in total defense.