Cleveland Cavaliers head coach John Beilein has gained a reputation as an offensive maestro. That’s a big part of the reason why team owner Dan Gilbert and Cavs general manager Koby Altman opted to hire him as opposed to a proven NBA coach.
As it turns out, a big reason why Beilein opted to head to the NBA rather than remain at the University of Michigan had to do with second-year point guard Collin Sexton, who he sees as a potential star.
— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) May 21, 2019
Sexton came on slowly during his rookie campaign, but by the end of the 2018-19 season he was gaining recognition throughout the league.
As a comparison, his first month in the league, Sexton was averaging 12.o points on 42.2 percent from the field and just 14.3 percent from the three-point line. Flash forward to the final month in the season and Sexton was averaging 22.4 points per game on 51.1 percent from the field and 44.7 percent from beyond the arc.
That kind of improvement in just one season is quite rare.
Not only did he improve on the court, but off of it as well. While he initially seemed uninterested in learning from veteran teammates at the start of the season, by the end he was readily taking tips from the veteran guards in Cleveland.