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- Updated: July 23, 2019
Despite the fact that the Cavaliers drafted another guard, Darius Garland, with their top pick last month, Sexton remains confident about his status on the team.
While taking part in a youth camp on Monday, Sexton spoke to Kristian Winfield of the New York Daily News and was asked if he expected changes for the 2019-20 campaign.
“Not at all, my role’s going to be the exact same,” Sexton said. “I played with Brandon Knight for a good chunk of the season. He’s a scoring guard, and it’s gonna be the same thing. We played two guards last year and we’ll play two guards this season.”
Despite a bumpy first half in his first season, the 20-year-old Sexton finished strong and ended the year with averages of 16.7 points, 3.0 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game. He also connected for 119 3-pointers, hitting those shots from beyond the arc at a rate of 40.2 percent.
Sexton indicated that the improvement in his long-range touch was part of his improved play, along with a greater awareness of life in the NBA:
“I just had to keep working on my three-ball. It’s an adjustment. The line is further back. I was working every day, regardless, so I was always going to work on my shot. But it wasn’t just that. Making adjustments to the game. Guys are a lot better and a lot faster. Teams have schemes, different ways to stop you. So I had to go out there and figure out what could work and what couldn’t work.”
Sexton, who has already connected with Garland, is looking forward to playing under Beilein and is continuing to focus on needed improvements:
“Making sure I make plays for my teammates. Just because that was one aspect that I knew I needed to improve on. So I’ve got to make shots easier on my teammates when the play comes down to it.”
The 6-foot-2 guard has another couple of months to sharpen his game. At that point, he’ll head to the Cavaliers’ training camp and hope to help the team improve on their miserable 19-63 record from last season.