Cleveland fans had to part with their beloved star for a second time as LeBron James decided to move on to the L.A. Lakers. Of course, fans were sad to see LeBron go, but it doesn’t sting as much as the first time.
Two years later, in 2016, he gave Cleveland their first championship ever. The Cavaliers have in fact made the finals for the last four years in a row. But tensions between LeBron and the Cavaliers management have gotten him thinking about his options. His problems with the front office combined with a stagnant and less than desirable Cavs roster resulted in his recent decision to move to L.A.
LeBron is also getting older. He has his post-basketball career to think of. L.A., as the center of entertainment, is a good choice. He already has a production company there. The rising star, Lonzo Ball, as well as a cast of other young studs, coupled with the storied past of the L.A. franchise is obviously a big draw in and of itself.
In any case, LeBron is leaving the Cavs in less than good shape. So who is going to be filling his shoes?
Collin Sexton is a point guard from Alabama. He only played one season in college before entering the 2018 NBA draft in which he was drafted 8th by Cleveland. So far he’s done well for Cleveland in the Las Vegas summer league. He’s been scoring an average of 17.8 points per game but shooting only 20% from the arc.
Sexton is by no means a replacement for LeBron but the hope is that he can be the catalyst that Cleveland needs to get an older roster going. But Sexton is a bit undersized at barely six foot two and only one hundred and eighty pounds.
However, Cleveland fans have high hopes for their new player. In 2017 he was named McDonald’s All-American. He was even the MVP of the U-17 World Championship. But it remains to be seen how he will stack up against the most difficult competition in the world in the NBA.
Critics say that Sexton needs to work on his court vision as well as his three-point game in order to be a productive point-guard. What Sexton does have is an ability to create his own shot, attack the basket, and shoot off the dribble.
With LeBron gone to L.A., Cleveland certainly has their work cut out fro them. But getting younger could be the start to something special for the Cavaliers. It’s always a difficult transition for young guys to come into the NBA. But if anyone can do it, it’s Collin Sexton. Well, at least that’s what they’re hoping in Cleveland.