It’s not just because Garland created nearly 22 points a game during last season, it’s also because he has quickly become the heart and soul of the team.
That’s not a small feat considering the squad is filled with some very lovable, energetic, and talented young men.
But there is something about Garland that is just so darn fun and impressive to watch.
Darius Garland showing off his handles & ISO game as he breaks his opponent down to get 2pts pic.twitter.com/v2XyXNftMP
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Take the video above as an example: it shows Garland playing some incredible isolation ball against the Brooklyn Nets.
The way that he moves, stops, starts, pump-fakes, and eventually finds his basket is something special.
This is the sort of energy and skill the Cavs need moving forward.
Making It Happen
There are many people who think that guards in the NBA are all about shooting and only shooting.
Of course, that is a huge part of their skill set but Garland shows that a true guard goes beyond simply taking deep twos and threes and assisting teammates.
Understanding a defense and making your way through it is a vital ability that the best basketball players have.
Watching Garland play like this reminds one of Kobe Bryant from back in the day when he would make his way past multiple opponents no matter how big they were and would somehow always find his bucket.
Garland is becoming better and better, especially when it comes to this part of his game.
His point output has exploded over the last few years: back in 2020, he was making an average of 12.3 points a game and now he’s creating 21.7.
The man is becoming one of the most exciting and versatile guards in the league and the Cavaliers are thriving because of that.