5. Collin Sexton, rising star
The Cleveland Cavaliers are hoping that Collin Sexton can make the jump to the next stage of his young career. He was snubbed from the NBA’s Rising Star team last season, meaning he will need to leave no doubt in anyone’s mind that he deserves the honor this time.
Sexton is a lightning-quick guard with exceptional scoring ability. He was an efficient scorer from the field despite being criticized for his shooting in college. Sexton averaged 16.7 points per game on 43/40/80 shooting splits as a rookie.
During his strongest stretch of the season, Sexton showed the potential to be a 50/40/90 producer. In a 15-game stretch towards the end of the season, Sexton posted 22.7 points per game on an incredible 51.4 percent shooting from the floor, 45.3 percent from deep and an 86.3 percent success rate at the free-throw line.
Sexton accomplished this while being the Cavaliers main focal point offensively. This meant that opposing defenses could target him heavily, making it more difficult for him to remain productive. This season, the Young Bull will have much more help on this side of the floor.
A healthy Kevin Love will go a long way to opening the floor for Sexton. Meanwhile, the Cavaliers three newest rookies will help as well. Most notably, Darius Garland, who will stretch the floor and relieve pressure from Sexton.
It seems that this season is shaping up to be a good one for the Young Bull. If all goes well, we should expect to see Sexton reach the Rising Stars game with ease.