With the 2021 NBA All-Stars announced, the Cleveland Cavaliers have another year without an All-Star. Collin Sexton was thought to be a possible All-Star, but missed the cut. When will the Cavs have an All-Star again?
No All-Stars in Cleveland
The last time the Cavaliers had an All-Star was in the 2017-18 season. LeBron James and Kevin Love were All-Stars in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game. This was James’ last season, and since then Cleveland has not had another All-Star.
Since James’ departure, Cleveland has not had many bright spots. The Cavs had two losing seasons since the 2017-18 season. In the 2018-19 season Cleveland went 19-63, and in the 2019-20 season they went 19-46. Of course, there has been no Cavalier close to an All-Star appearance in these two seasons.
The bright spot in these two seasons was watching the development of young players. High draft picks like Sexton, Darius Garland and Kevin Porter Jr. slowly improved as the seasons went on. Sexton started to really emerge at the end of the 2019-20 NBA season. After the end of the 2019-20 season, Cleveland appeared to finally have someone with All-Star potential.
Future Cavs All-Stars?
The Cavaliers have improved their roster greatly since the 2018-19 season. Cleveland now has multiple pieces that have bright futures. Multiple players could realistically make an All-Star game in the near future.
The most obvious player with All-Star potential is Sexton. The former Alabama guard has been fantastic in the 2020-21 season. Sexton has developed into an offensive star. He has shown the ability to shoot from three, finish at the rim and has developed into a consistent scoring threat. In the 2020-21 season, he is averaging 23.8 points per game while shooting 48.7% from the field and 40% from the three.
Another Cavs player with All-Star potential is Jarrett Allen. Cleveland just acquired Allen in the Brooklyn Nets trade in January of 2021. Allen has been really consistent for Cleveland, and seems to be the clear-cut center of the future in Cleveland. The Cleveland center did not have the stats of an All-Star when he was coming off the bench. However since starting, Allen has been on a tear. He has been extremely efficient, a consistent offensive threat, great rebounder and a monster rim-protector.
Jarrett Allen since getting the starting role full-time:
He has 12 blocks in the last 3 games. pic.twitter.com/dfXAEAqNwt
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 25, 2021
The last player in Cleveland that may have All-Star potential is Garland. Garland possesses the talent to become an All-Star, and has an encouraging trajectory. He had a decent rookie season averaging 12.3 points per game on 40.1% shooting and 35.5% from three. In his second season, Garland is averaging 16.1 points per game while shooting 43.5% from the field and 37.2% from three. Garland has seen a jump in nearly every stat this season, and if he continues this trajectory he could reach All-Star status.
All-Stars Must Win
Some were upset with Sexton missing out on the 2021 NBA All-Star game. The Cavs were in the midst of a ten game losing streak when the back-half of All-Star voting was occurring. All-Stars on losing teams usually does not happen, unless the player is putting together an exceptional season. Cleveland must win in order to have any All-Stars sooner rather than later.
With the Cavs’ young core, the future looks bright. Cleveland might start winning again and fight for a playoff birth in a season or two. When the Cavaliers begin to win again, chances are they will have someone who makes an All-Star game. The Cavs should not be far out from having another All-Star as players like Sexton, Allen and Garland keep improving.
All stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference.
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