Collin Sexton continues to develop as a play-maker, although some on the Cavaliers are not thrilled with his usage on offense. According to Joe Vardon of The Athletic, several Cavs players “still grow frustrated” with the way Sexton dominates the ball.
Apparently, it’s not solely Sexton’s actions that are bothersome to members of the team; it’s that opposing players are taunting the Cavs when they play them, making comments like “you know he’s not going to pass you the ball.”
So many things in life are a coupling of what is happening and the perception of what is happening.
The situation in Cleveland is not all that different from many guys in long-term relationships who don’t get a chance to hang with their friends. It’s not ideal and maybe you don’t really mind it too much most of the time but you balance the lack of fun with the boys for the betterment of the team. Although, it’s when outside forces like friends taking digs at you or opposing NBA players calling you out for aimlessly running up and down the court without getting the ball, that it begins to chip away at your resolve.
Striking the proper balance is key. Mike Conley is among the point guards known for being the best at reading his team’s situation. Back when he was on the Grizzlies, it was making sure players like Zach Randolph, Courtney Lee, Tony Allen each had enough offensive looks to keep them engaged on the other end of the floor; this year, it’s not shocking that he’s a crucial cog in Utah harmoniously galloping on their way to a No. 1 seed.
Conley understands the importance of balance for a great team, as do two people (or three if you are Lou Williams) in a healthy, long-lasting relationship. Sexton, who turned 22 in January, hasn’t yet matured to that point.
The former No. 8 overall pick will be eligible for a rookie-scale extension this summer. However, with Sexton showcasing an unwillingness to sacrifice some moments for the betterment of the team, it’s likely that a long-term commitment from the franchise will be put on hold—if it comes at all. Not to mention his status in the backcourt with rising star Darius Garland, which is an on-court relationship that would best be described as complicated.