Darius Garland was taken fifth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and after a bad rookie year, things might be turning around.
Darious Garland is apparently playing with more confidence. That’s what Cleveland sports writer Chris Fedor and Garland’s Cleveland Cavaliers teamamte Larry Nance Jr. are saying. This is good news, as Garland was considered to be the worst NBA starter last year, but is it real news? That’s going to be the question going into the season.
The Cavs conducted a bubble-minicamp since the team has largely been inactive for six months, ever since the Covid-19 pandemic started. Most of the player particiapted but news is scare about how it went. If Nance and Fedor are giving honest information about Garland’s production, then this could change up how the Cavs handle the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft. The team is in need of a point guard, mostly due to Garland’s ineffective play in 2019. If Garland has improved his play then the team may go with a forward instead.
The problem that arises is that Garland was so bad, that even if he is better, how much better is he? This is a bubble setting, a situation against friends and teammates, not against the best the NBA has to offer. It’s hard for Garland to actually be worse than his rookie year, so has he improved enough to warrant still being a starter? As of right now, just based off of his rookie year play, he’s not a starter and he’s barely an NBA caliber player.
Garland is going to have to prove fast that he’s worth being on this team, considering fellow rookie Tyler Herro was the third best player on the Miami Heat, and they’re in the NBA Championship in part due to Herro’s play.
The Cavs could’ve had him, as Herro went No. 12 overall, and Garland went No. 5 overall. Garland has to prove he’s on that level if not higher if he’s going to avoid the bust lable. Playing well in pick-up games in the Cavaliers gym isn’t exactly high class competition. Especially since their defense awful last year.
Doing well against them isn’t hard.