Collin Sexton Breaking Franchise Records
Collin Sexton, former Alabama point guard and 2018 lottery pick, has had an impressive start to his young career. The third year guard, with his 21-point performance against the Orlando Magic on Wednesday, broke a Cleveland Cavaliers record previously held by LeBron James.
Sexton became the first player in Cavaliers history to score 20 or more points in eight straight games to start the season, breaking LeBron James' record of seven that he set in 2004. Sexton has been a scoring machine for Cleveland this season, averaging 25.4 points per contest and is actually at a streak of 12 straight 20+ point performances that dates back to last season. The "Young Bull" has also been a deadeye from three this year, shooting 54.2% which has him ranked sixth in the league.
While Sexton's scoring has seemingly erupted this season, back in 2018 the rookie guard broke two other franchise scoring records. The Alabama product broke Kyrie Irving's rookie record for most three pointers made in one season by making 74 and also broke another record held by LeBron James. Sexton broke James' rookie record for consecutive 20+ point performances by putting up five that saw him average over 26 points per game over the five game stretch.
The young point guard has shown nothing but promise in his time in Cleveland although his teams records may not have shown for it. The Cavaliers are 38-109 over the last two years but have acquired a lot of solid young talent through the draft and have seemingly improved this year. The Cavaliers are currently 4-4, sitting at seventh place in the east, but they have a huge 24 point win over the first place Philadelphia 76ers that saw Sexton go for 22 points.
The Cavaliers move onto Memphis next to take on a 2-5 Grizzlies team that has been bitten by injury. The Grizzlies own young star, Ja Morant, went down with what appeared to be a serous ankle injury back in December, and they have been without Justise Winslow and Jaren Jackson Jr for the entire year. The Cavaliers could take advantage of their upcoming three game stretch where they play Memphis twice and improve their record.
Cleveland has a batch of young talent on the roster that, if developed to their potential, could make this a very solid team. Sexton is going to continue to put up big time scoring performances and if his team can feed off of his success, the Cavaliers will be one of the most exciting young teams in the league.
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