Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton made a great first impression at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
The 6-foot-3 point guard earned first-team honors in the league after averaging 19.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 28.7 minutes as the Cavs went 5-2.
Cleveland was eliminated Monday night when it lost 112-109 in double overtime to the Los Angeles Lakers despite 27 points from Sexton, who tied the game with a 3-pointer late in regulation.
Throughout summer league play, the No. 8 pick in the draft demonstrated the ability to get wherever he wanted on the court and displayed great speed. Sexton also was solid defensively and shot decently (.429, 48-for-112), though he sometimes took ill-advised 3-pointers early in a possession.
Sexton, who played one season at Alabama and will likely challenge veteran George Hill for a starting spot in training camp, was joined on the first team by MVP Josh Hart of the Los Angeles Lakers, who had 37 points against the Cavs, Chicago’s Wendell Carter Jr., Milwaukee’s Christian Wood and New York’s Kevin Knox.
The second team consisted of Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, Portland’s Wade Baldwin, Memphis’ Jaren Jackson, the Lakers’ Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk and Atlanta’s Trae Young.
The Cavs, who began life without four-time league MVP LeBron James for the second time, also got great performances from second-year players Cedi Osman (20.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 4.5 apg) and Ante Zizic (20.5, 12.5, 3.5).
Osman, a forward, was often the summer league team’s on-court leader, while center Zizic, who was excused to return to Croatia when his country reached the World Cup final, appeared in just two games.
Billy Preston displayed flashes while averaging 10.5 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Preston, a 6-10, 240-pound forward who was a five-star recruit by Kansas but didn’t play in 2017-18 due to eligibility issues, was solid on midrange jumpers and quick around the hoop, but took a number of bad shots and wasn’t always involved in the game.
Forward Okaro White, who played six games with Miami last season and has a chance to make Cleveland’s roster, averaged 6.0 points and 7.4 rebounds but shot just .333 from the field, while shooting guard John Holland, a two-way player for the Cavs last season, averaged 9.7 points. Jamel Artis, a 6-7 shooting guard, averaged 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds.
In other news, the Cavs released veteran center Kendrick Perkins.
Perkins appeared in one game with Cleveland after signing on April 11 and also spent time with the Canton Charge, the team’s G League affiliate.
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