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The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken much criticism this season for them selecting Collin Sexton with the eighth overall pick in the NBA draft last June.
The obvious struggles of both the Cavaliers and their rookie point guard, who was baptized into the NBA wars at age 19, were harped on pretty much from pillar to post.
However, Sexton has caught fire of late, averaging 27.0 points in his last three games, doing so against the Miami Heat (27 points), the Toronto Raptors (28 points) and the Philadelphia 76ers (26 points). All of which has not gone unnoticed by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who took to Twitter on Wednesday to praise the only guy on Cleveland’s roster to play in every game this season.
Remember those noisemakers (and beat writers) attacking the young teenager (at the time) during his first few weeks in the NBA? Couldn’t be more proud of Collin. He grinds daily. Character, presence and talent. Kid is the real deal… https://t.co/XfrUeI161F
— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) March 13, 2019
In his last five games, Sexton’s averaging 22.0 points and 3.8 assists, shooting 53.2 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from beyond the 3-point arc.
Stretching to his last 10 games, his numbers are 18.7 points and 3.0 assists, along with 44-percent shooting from the floor and 42 percent from deep.
Going back even further, in Sexton’s last 15 games — which accounts for 22.1 percent of the season, so far — he’s averaging 20.1 points and 3.3 dimes, while shooting 44.4 percent from the floor and 43 percent from long distance.
Sexton admitted he’s heard the whispers about his jumper being less than effective.
"It's pretty cool just because, like, people have been saying I can't shoot."
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) March 9, 2019
For the season, the now-20-year-old Sexton is averaging 15.6 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 30.8 minutes in 68 games (58 starts), shooting 41.4 percent from the field, 40.0 percent from the 3-point line and 83.4 percent from the charity stripe.
For comparison’s sake, Kyrie Irving came into the NBA as a 19-year-old after playing 11 games at Duke. He played in only 51 games (all starts), averaging 30.5 minutes and 18.5 points, 3.7 rebounds and 5.4 assists, with a shooting line of 46.9/39.9/87.2.