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NBA Rumors: Cavs Players Frustrated with Collin Sexton; Opponents Taunt Cavs

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 2, 2021

Cleveland Cavaliers' Collin Sexton (2) talks with Kevin Love (0) during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, April 30, 2021, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Collin Sexton has turned himself into a quality scorer in his third season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but teammates are reportedly not always happy with the guard.

"Various Cavs players still grow frustrated by the way Sexton dominates the ball, and opponents taunt them by saying during games, 'you know heโ€™s not going to pass you the ball,'" Joe Vardon of The Athletic reported.

Sexton leads the team with 24.4 points per game this season, although he averages just 4.1 assists per game despite having plenty of time with the ball in his hands.

The guard has a 29.2 usage rate, 23rd highest in the NBA, but only five of the players above him have a worse assist percentage (21.0), perย Basketball Reference.ย 

Despite his faults, the 22-year-old is clearly the focal point of the Cavaliers rebuild.

At 21-43, Cleveland is looking at a third straight season without a playoff appearance since the departure of LeBron James, but the team has quality young pieces in Jarrett Allen, Darius Garland and Isaac Okoro.

Sexton, the No. 8 pick of the 2018 NBA draft, is the best offensive weapon and continues to improve his efficiency with a career-high 52.9 effective field-goal percentage this season. The next step for him, clearly, is to improve his passing and vision.

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The guard is eligible for an extension this offseason, although Vardon noted the team can wait another year to see if his game continues to mature.