The margins were thin and the votes only decided by a narrow amount. Going into the final hours of the day, the vote was still close, but after the dust settled, Collin Sexton survived as the number 13 pick. The point guard from Alabama gained national recognition when he almost willed his team to beating the Minnesota Golden Gophers while playing at a 3 on 5 disadvantage. Sexton is still young, having just turning 19 in January and has plenty of time to grow as an NBA player.
If there is one thing Collin Sexton can do, it’s get buckets. The guard scored 19.2 points per game while averaging 49% from the field. Sexton can score a variety of ways whether its getting to the hoop, taking a pull-up jumper, catch-and-shoot three etc. This is a player who has a natural ability to score and do it quickly. Depending on where he gets drafted, it’s possible he can be a very potent bench player in his rookie year when the ball can solely be in his hands. Sexton also have a fiery personality; this could give a team a much needed culture change. He is someone that will not accept losing or being down and for your potential floor general, that can be the difference. It’s possible that due to that competitiveness, it fuels his athleticism even more.
All the scouting reports and the videos themselves show you he is explosive and has lots of speed. This is a player that once he has a full head of steam, good luck trying to slow him down as he can get around you or blow right past you. Sexton did flash the potential to be a playmaker especially with the pick and roll. You would hope that despite his low assists numbers, he can be on a team with more talent that will allow him to flourish.
While you can watch a player like Collin Sexton and think, this guy can take over a game, sometimes that can be the issue. Milwaukee fans know that all too well when Eric Bledsoe enters that mindset. While Sexton is able to score in bunches, the shots he takes are not always the most efficient or advised. Sometimes those pull up jumpers might be too early in the shot clock or its the midranger that makes you roll your eyes. Sure, when he is hitting them there’s no issue, but that won’t always be the case especially against better competition.
Sexton also stands at just 6’2” with a 6’6” wingspan. While the wingspan isn’t too bad, the size might raise some concerns. Sure he has the speed and quickness to be a positive defender, but he might run into issues off the ball. I mentioned earlier that Sexton has the ability to be a great playmaker, but I also mentioned he didn’t show it much both in college and in high school. Sexton has always been a score first point guard which for some teams, that may be a positive, but for those that need a facilitator that might be an issue.
Overall, Sexton is a spark player. He can singlehandedly erase a deficit with his scoring abilities, or he might dig you into a deeper hole with the ill-advised shots. At this stage of the draft, he is someone that could be worth taking the risk as that talent is there. You can more likely coach away the bad shot attempts, but you can’t coach passion or giving a damn and Sexton has plenty of that. This is a player with top prospect talent and at a premium position.
Brew Hoop Community Draft Board Rankings
1. Deandre Ayton - C, Arizona (The Stepien Profile)
2. Luka Doncic - PG, Real Madrid (The Stepien Profile)
3. Marvin Bagley III - C, Duke (The Stepien Profile)
4. Jaren Jackson Jr. - PF/C, Michigan State (The Stepien Profile)
5. Mohamed Bamba - PF/C Texas (The Stepien Profile)
6. Michael Porter Jr. - PF, Mizzou (The Stepien Profile)
7. Trae Young - PG, Oklahoma (The Stepien Profile)
8. Mikal Bridges - SF/PF, Villanova (The Stepien Profile)
9. Wendell Carter Jr. - PF/C, Duke (The Stepien Profile)
10. Miles Bridges - SF/PF, Michigan State (The Stepien Profile)
11. Lonnie Walker IV - SG, Miami (The Stepien Profile)
12. Zhaire Smith - SG, Texas Tech (The Stepien Profile)
13. Collin Sexton - PG, Alabama (The Stepien Profile)
My Pick for the #14 spot on the Community Draft Board is:
This poll is closed
Kevin Knox - SF/PF, Kentucky
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander - PG, Kentucky
Robert Williams - C, Texas A&M
Troy Brown - SG, Oregon
Keita Bates-Diop - PF, Ohio State
Elie Okobo - PG, France
Other (please leave in the comments)