The upstart Cavaliers are off to a surprising 3-0 start thanks in large part to Collin Sexton, the Cavs’ leading scorer at an even 27 points per game, and backcourt-mate Darius Garland, whose 8.3 assists per game ranks sixth in the NBA. Garland, drafted fifth overall out of Vanderbilt in 2019, has also been lethal from beyond the arc, sinking seven of his 14 three-point tries—a 50-percent success rate—in the early going.
With Sexton and Garland taking the league by storm, the Cavaliers’ Twitter account decided it was high time to give this electric duo a nickname worthy of its immense talent. Apparently, Larry Nance Jr., who qualifies as an elder statesman in Cleveland (he’s the Cavs’ fourth-oldest player behind fellow vets JaVale McGee, Kevin Love and Matthew Dellavedova), has already given this subject quite a bit of thought.
“Sexland” may sound like the name of a local gentleman’s establishment or a chain of adult video stores, but in this case, it’s actually a clever bit of wordplay, combining Sexton and Garland’s last names. The popular nickname has begun to pick up steam on social media, inspiring countless tongue-in-cheek photo-shops.
While it’s unlikely the Cavaliers will adopt their new moniker in any official capacity (though I have a sneaking suspicion “Sexland” City Edition jerseys would sell out immediately), non-affiliated retailers are already churning out merchandise including a new line of “Greetings from Sexland” t-shirts.
The rebuilding Cavs haven’t sniffed the playoffs since LeBron James’ departure in 2018 and the team’s early success will likely prove to be a mirage (Westgate Sportsbook in Vegas is only calling for them to win 22.5 games). That said, Sexton and Garland, a pair of entertaining up-and-comers with sky-high potential, could make Cleveland a fun watch this year.