Starting Collin Sexton has been the right call for the Utah Jazz

Collin Sexton has become the player the Utah Jazz hoped he would after trading for him.

Dec 28, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) celebrates a basket and
Dec 28, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Utah Jazz guard Collin Sexton (2) celebrates a basket and / Matthew Hinton-USA TODAY Sports
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Collin Sexton is good. He's very good in fact. The former 20-point-per-game scorer and lottery pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers has been relegated to the bench for most of the season for the Utah Jazz. This, despite being one of the big pieces to come over in the Donovan Mitchell trade. Sexton was a core piece of the Cavaliers for a while, and when he got dealt, it was a major move that many felt made both teams "winners" of the trade.

Sexton has been behind Talen Horton-Tucker and Jordan Clarkson all season, playing limited minutes and having a limited impact on the offense. Trade rumors swirled around him, and many wanted to see him traded to make room for rookie Keyonte George. Yet, with George's struggle, Clarkson's inconsistency, and Horton-Tucker likely done in Utah, it's been Sexton and not any of them, who has emerged as a real difference maker.

Once near the bottom of all the advanced stats alongside Clarkson and George, Sexton's last 10-odd games have seen him step right into the top of the Utah Jazz's upper echelon, and move right into contention for the team's second-best player.

He's currently second in offensive box plus-minus, posting a +1.8, just under Lauri Markkanen's 5.4. His defense has gotten better alongside the likes of Kris Dunn and Walker Kessler, seeing his figure jump up several points, but still not being great, at a -1.7. But much higher than where it was a month ago.

He's now third in BPM at +0.1, only one of three players on the Jazz to have a positive BPM. He's become a much-needed spark to the offense and has been able to add stability to the team, despite the issues the rest of the guards struggle with.

Sexton has earned his place with the Jazz's starting five.

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