'SEX-LAND' a backcourt worth betting on for Cleveland
It has been a difficult couple of seasons for the Cavaliers since LeBron's second departure back in 2018, having won just 38 games over the past two seasons. They have drafted well however and are well placed to exceed the 19 wins they've managed in each of the last two campaigns in 2020/21. Their young backcourt of Collin Sexton (22) & Darius Garland (21) have been key for the Cavs so far this season and with both developing well under the stewardship of J.B. Bickerstaff, the future looks bright for Cleveland Basketball.
Sexton, in his third NBA season, is averaging a career highs across his stat sheet. The former Alabama man is averaging 24 points a game while shooting 48% from the field & 40% from three point land, showing his potential to become an elite NBA scorer. His scoring has been crucial for Cleveland, dropping 25 or more points in 12 of the teams 16 wins, as he takes the mantle of being 'the man' for the Cavaliers this season and beyond.
The second half of 'SEX-LAND', Darius Garland is also averaging career highs across the board in his sophomore season. The former no.5 draft pick is averaging 16 points a game to go along with 6 assists while shooting just below 40% from three and playing nearly 33 minutes a game. Garland has adapted to the NBA well, taking a huge leap forward after his rookie year was disrupted by Covid-19.
The backcourt duo lead the team in scoring, assists & minutes per game and while they may lack size, both men standing 6'1 inches tall, they are more than covered by the likes of Jarret Allen, Isaac Okoro & Larry Nance.
The Cavs are coming off the back of the golden period in the history of their franchise, where they won a championship and reached the NBA finals for four straight seasons but they sit in a strong position to make sure they don't fall off the cliff many small market franchises tend to do after a period of success. The Cavs have assets they can move without disrupting the growth of their young team and also sit in a position where they are likely to be in the lottery positions for the stacked 2021 draft.
The franchise has drafted well since losing Lebron, getting Sexton with the 8th pick in 2018, Garland at no.5 in 2019 and Isaac Okoro in 2020, putting themselves in a great position to make a playoff return in the next year or two. The team still have a very strong chance to at least qualify for the play-in tournament in the East in 2021, they currently sit 4.5 games back of eighth place.
Sexton and Garland have all the makings of an all-star backcourt duo, with both being scorers, playmakers and complimentary of each others games. Cleveland have begun to build a core to best compliment the duo with Jarrett Allen coming in from Brooklyn and the drafting of Okoro, a wing capable of guarding multiple positions. Size would be the worry for most pundits around the league about committing to a backcourt duo of Sexton & Garland but they are two extremely talented guards and the Cavs have once again got some ballers worth betting on!