All of Ohio was devastated when they discovered LeBron was leaving for Los Angeles. He wasn't just another superstar athlete, King James was an icon to Cleveland. Fortunately for Cavaliers fans, it appears the next face of the franchise is ready to take on the challenge.
Using the NBA Summer League as a metric of talent and career projections for rookies is tough, but it's hard to ignore Collin Sexton's production. It's not about statistics with the Alabama product, it's all about his mentality.
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Sexton doesn't have the flashy potential of Trae Young or craftiness of Luka Doncic, yet he might become the best of the bunch.
This is the same player that dropped 40 points against Minnesota. Oh did I forget to mention they played 3-on-5 for the majority of the game because of suspensions? Yeah, Sexton is that dude.
While everyone is intent on saying he won't be a prolific scorer in the league, Sexton continues erasing any doubt this summer, averaging 16.7 points per game.
It's a new era in Cleveland without LeBron, which completely opens the door for Sexton to win the Rookie of the Year award. Stars such as Marvin Bagley III, Deandre Ayton, and Mo Bamba will struggle shining over their current team's top players in De'Aaron Fox, Devin Booker, and Aaron Gordon. When it comes to Sexton, the dynamic guard will immediately be asked to lead them.
With the Cavaliers' championship aspirations currently on hold, it appears the No. 8 overall selection from the 2018 NBA Draft will help Cleveland rise from the ashes.