INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – Guard Collin Sexton is heading into his second NBA season, and he spoke at the team’s annual media day Monday at Cleveland Clinic Courts about how he and rookie Darius Garland can complement one another in the backcourt, along with what he learned from his rookie year.
Here are some highlights of what Sexton said Monday.
On playing with Darius Garland
One of the biggest questions heading into this season is how Sexton and Garland will mesh in the backcourt. Both players are 6-foot-2, and while they’re about average height for a point guard, they’re undersized compared to traditional shooting guards.
Still, Sexton believes he and Garland can play well together in coach John Beilein’s two-guard offense.
“We’re just going to get up and down,” Sexton said. “Pretty much just play together and just play off each other and just play off each other’s reads.”
Sexton is skilled at driving into the lane and scoring at the rim, while Garland is a savvy ball handler who can pull up off the dribble from three. Though there will likely be some issues defensively, the potential is certainly there on offense.
What he learned from his rookie year
Sexton had a solid rookie season, averaging 16.7 points per game on 43% shooting from the field and 40.2% from three.
He said he has learned the importance of having a good attitude.
“No matter the wins and losses, you can control your attitude,” Sexton said. “You can control you coming into work each and every day with the right attitude and wanting to get better and trying to get better.”
On improving over the summer
Sexton came into the league as a scorer, being able to blow by defenders for easy buckets in the lane.
Now, as he continues to develop, improving on defense and becoming a better playmaker will be important for his continued success. He said he worked on his defense and playmaking over the summer.
Sexton said playing good defense is important, as he will have to defend the league’s most talented guards every game and how there are “no nights off.”
“(As) far as my playmaking aspect, just got in a little bit of open run, open gym here and there,” Sexton said. “And just pretty much just reading off different defenders and pretty much just making the right reads.”