Collin Sexton Shines in Utah Jazz Season Opener
Collin Sexton, in his first regular season game since November of last year, showed no signs of rust as he led the Utah Jazz to victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.
Coming off the bench, the former Alabama men’s basketball product led his new team in scoring with 20 points on 50% shooting from the field. He also tallied five rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes of play.
One of the most impressive moments of the night from Sexton was his success driving on the reigning league MVP, Nikola Jokic. Sexton made multiple buckets over Jokic, most of them coming late in the game to ice the win for the Jazz.
Sexton missed the majority of the 2021-22 NBA season after suffering a torn left meniscus. After four seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the guard entered free agency, where he signed a four-year deal with the Jazz worth $71 million.
The 23-year old will most likely be inserted into the team’s starting lineup soon, after proving to be a big part of the team’s offense. After trading away their two best players over the offseason, Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell, the Jazz will look to Sexton to carry most of the workload as the team navigates through a rebuilding year.