Cavs Notes — Sexton chosen for Rising Stars, team adjusting to life with Drummond

Sexton will play in the Rising Stars game at All-Star Weekend 2020

James Rapien
February 11, 2020 - 2:08 pm

CLEVELAND, OH — Collin Sexton was disappointed last year when he wasn’t picked to represent the Cavaliers during All-Star weekend in the Rising Stars game.

The honor almost seemed like a certainty in his second season. The former eighth overall pick leads the Cavs in scoring and has improved defensively, but he remained on the outside looking in and wasn’t picked to participate in the contest.

That changed on Tuesday, when the Cavaliers learned that their explosive guard would replace Tyler Herro of the Miami Heat in the Rising Stars game.

“I was excited,” Sexton said with a smile. “Koby (Altman) told me the good news. He came up to me and he was smiling and I’m like ‘you don’t smile this much. What’s going on?”

Altman told Sexton at the beginning of practice. The 21-year-old has started all 53 games for the Cavs this season. He’s averaging 19.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Sexton is the only second-year player averaging at least 19 points, shooting 45 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free-throw line.

“He deserves it as much as anybody,” head coach John Beilein said. “He’s had a tremendous season thus far and I sense he’s going to finish even better.”

Sexton played in all 82 games last year and has played in all 53 games this season. His availability and competitiveness are two things that have impressed his coaches and teammates.

“His drive to be really good,” Beilein said. “When we have shootaround, sometimes a group goes over and it’s usually the G-League guys or somebody goes over — he’s never missed one. He’s not in the training room very much. He’s very durable.”

Life With Andre

Andre Drummond, Larry Nance Jr. and Tristan Thompson went through a 3-point shooting drill together at the end of Tuesday’s practice.

Drummond was smiling, laughing and even took time to ask the media how they were doing during the drill. The Cavaliers continue to integrate the two-time All-Star into their system, in hopes of ending the season on a positive note.

“I’m not here to just play,” Drummond said. “I’m here to get better, I’m here to make you guys better. I’m here to try to win some games. We’re not going to sit here and complain when we’re 13-40. I’m trying to string together some wins and give the city some hope.”

Drummond, 26, scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in his Cavs’ debut against the Clippers. It was the worst home loss in team history. The entire locker room is trying to shake it off and put together a better performance on Wednesday against Atlanta.

“Spirits were really high today in practice,” Drummond said. “Everybody came in with good energy. I think tomorrow’s game will be a lot better for us.”