Whether it’s been with the Cavaliers or now the Jazz, Collin Sexton has been viewed as a guard who could make a career as a scoring sparkplug off the bench.
But like most players, Sexton’s preference is to start.
Still, he never once raised a fuss about being a top reserve during his first season in Utah. And by all accounts, he doesn’t intend to do so this year, either.
He just would like to play well enough to earn the starting job, per his comments to Tony Jones of The Athletic.
“I want to show that I’m back and healthy and 100 percent,” Sexton said, referring to his injury-plagued 2022-23. “Every year for me is important, so I don’t put too much pressure on myself from that standpoint. I’m my biggest critic, so I’m always going to have a lot of expectations for myself.”
Sexton, 24, averaged a career-low 14.3 points in 48 games last season. But he also shot a career-high 51 percent from the field and committed a career-low 1.8 turnovers.
Other members of the Jazz backcourt include Jordan Clarkson, rookie Keyonte George, and Ochai Agbaji and Kris Dunn — the latter two finishing last season strong. Still, going into camp, you’d think Sexton would have the inside track to start at point guard.
“I’ve been watching a lot of film this summer. I want to be able to try and take over the point guard role,” he told Jones. “I want to show them that I can run the show. I’m getting back into the groove of things. I think this season is going to be fun.”