NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio — As Cleveland Cavaliers rookie point guard and eighth overall selection in last summer’s NBA draft Collin Sexton continues to develop, Cavs fans are beginning to see him as a solid contributor at the NBA level. In recent years, the Cavs haven’t had to build through the draft, but some fans remember fondly the picks in the era prior to LeBron James’ second arrival.
Robby Bradley, a 33-year-old Cavs fan, still believes the best basketball is yet to come for some former Cavs.
“Sergey Karasev still could be a good player if the Cavs would bring him back,” Bradley said in reference to the 2013 19th overall pick. “I really believe that, too. Reminded me of a Russian Ian Clark. Could’ve been a real solid contributor.”
Karasev ended up playing in just one season for the Cavs, averaging 1.7 points in 22 games before being shipped off to Brooklyn.
“He’s one that really got away,” Bradley said. “I’ll never forget where I was March 16, 2016 when Serg had a huge 17-point game in the Nets’ win over the Pacers. Would love to see him doing that in the wine and gold.”
Karasev is currently playing for Zenit Saint Petersburg, where he was a 2017 United League All-Star and 3-point shooting champion. While a return to the NBA is unlikely, Bradley mentioned Karasev could help fill the gap vacated by James Jones’ departure two years ago.