Among all of the chaos, a threw line for the Cavs this year is the divide between the veterans and the younger, next generation of the team. And a lot of the brunt seems aimed at Collin Sexton.
According to The Athletic’s Joe Vardon, the line on Sexton in the Cavs organization is that Sexton currently “doesn’t know how to play.” From the report:
It’s becoming increasingly clear that when you hear a Cavs veteran talk about younger players not knowing their role, or knowing how to win, or what to do on the court, they mean Sexton. Throughout the organization, the line on Sexton is that he does not “know how to play.” He doesn’t know how to defend the pick and roll. He doesn’t know how to set up teammates as a point guard.
Vardon also noted that during the Hornets game, George Hill told Sexton he’d teach him how to play defense. The problem: the locker room doesn’t think Sexton will listen and they don’t like that he doesn’t seem bothered after bad losses and his struggles.
This is pretty bad reality for the Cavs to be in, and one they probably hoped to avoid by a) winning and b) Sexton being able to contribute right away. But the losses are piling up and Sexton is not quite playing at the level the Cavs need him to.
This feels like a situation that is going to get worse before it gets better.