Future Watch: Darius Garland Rookie Basketball Cards, Cavaliers

Future Watch: Darius Garland Rookie Basketball Cards, CavaliersFuture Watch: Darius Garland Rookie Basketball Cards, CavaliersDarius Garland was born in Gary, Indiana in 2000. In third grade he attended a basketball camp led by Bryce Drew, his future college coach at Vanderbilt. Garland played on numerous traveling teams as a youth and joined an AAU squad based in Nashville when he was in the fourth grade. After he completed elementary school, Garland and his family moved to Tennessee so he could attend Brentwood Academy with his AAU teammates.

In his freshman season with Brentwood, Garland averaged 12 points, 1.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. That year, he led his team to a Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association Division II-AA State Championship and was one of three finalists for Tennessee Mr. Basketball. As a sophomore, Garland earned most valuable player honors at the King of Bluegrass Holiday Classic after scoring 23 points in the title game versus Fairdale High School. He finished the season with per game averages of 18.6 points and 4.3 assists while earning TSSAA Division II-AA Mr. Basketball honors.

Heading into his senior season, Darius Garland was included in the USA Today All-USA preseason team. He went on to average 27.6 points, 5.0 boards, 4.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game while leading Brentwood to their fourth straight state title. Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN all rated the 6’4” point guard as a five star recruit and in the top-20 overall. He would commit to play college ball for the University of Vanderbilt. Garland cited Vanderbilt’s proximity to his home and his relationship with Bryce Drew as his reasons for choosing Vanderbilt.

Darius Garland began the 2018-19 NCAA season as the best recruit to ever sign with Vanderbilt. He was the only freshman in the SEC to make the preseason all-conference team. In his college debut against Winthrop, Garland led all scorers with 24 points. In a 79-70 win over Liberty, he scored a season-high 33 points, second most by a freshman in Vanderbilt history. Unfortunately, Garland suffered a season ending meniscus injury five games into his freshman season and would miss the remainder of the year. On January 22nd, 2019 he announced he would leave Vanderbilt to recover from his injury and prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Darius Garland’s College Stats

College Table
Totals Shooting Per Game
Season Age College G MP FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA ORB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS FG% 3P% FT% MP PTS TRB AST
2018-19 19 VANDY 5 139 29 54 11 23 12 16 2 19 13 4 2 15 7 81 .537 .478 .750 27.8 16.2 3.8 2.6
Career 5 139 29 54 11 23 12 16 2 19 13 4 2 15 7 81 .537 .478 .750 27.8 16.2 3.8 2.6
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2020.

Heading into the draft, not a single scout or evaluator was concerned with Darius Garland’s scoring ability. He has a fluid jumper with NBA range and the quickness to blow past his defender for a high percentage shot in the paint. His ball handling ability and quick feet allow him to get into space and make plays. Defensively, he’s limited only by his height (6’2”) and wingspan (6’5”) but he has great lateral quickness and hands. Garland took part in early activities at the Draft Combine, but left the event early after he was given a promise of a selection by a team in the lottery.

On draft night, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Darius Garland with the fifth overall pick. He did not take part in Summer League competition due to his meniscus injury. On October 23rd, 2019 he made his NBA debut against the Orlando Magic, He started in the game and scored eight points with two rebounds, five assists and a steal in a 85-94 loss.

Among his rookie peers, Garland has been solid. He’s currently eighth in scoring with 12.2 points per game, and second in assists with 3.6. He’s also shooting 87.3% from the free throw line and 35.2% from behind the arc. In a 115-112 overtime win over the Pistons on January 9th, Garland scored 20 points with two boards and seven assists.

Check out his highlights from that game below:

It has been another rough season for the Cavaliers as they search for an identity in the post-Lebron James era. They have the third worst record in the Eastern Conference at 13-35 and are set up for another lottery pick. The silver lining is their promising young backcourt. Garland and Collin Sexton have the chance to develop into a solid 1-2 punch similar to what the Trail Blazers have in Portland with Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum. It may take a year or two, but there are reasons to be excited for what Cleveland can become in a few years.

Cavs fans should be excited for Garland and looking to add his rookie cards to their collection. His Silver Prizms are currently going in the $20-$30 range which is pretty affordable when you consider pretty much every NBA basketball card product is over $250 a box or hard to find in retail outlets. Garland’s pedigree as a McDonald’s All-American, three-time Tennesee Mr. Basketball winner and #5 overall pick (even after playing only five games in the NCAA) are great reasons to add his rookie cards to your collection. There is little doubt that their value will improve.

Collectors looking for Darius Garland in his Vanderbilt uniform will find his cards in Panini’s 2019 collegiate basketball programs including Contenders Draft Picks, Prizm Draft Picks and Flawless Collegiate. As a top-5 pick, you can expect to find Darius Garland in all of Panini’s 2019-20 NBA basketball programs including Hoops, Contenders, Crown Royale and many more to come. Garland also has autographed cards in Upper Deck’s 2019 Goodwin Champions.

Future Watch: Darius Garland Rookie Basketball Cards, Cavaliers – Stats as of 1/30/2020

Per Game Table
Season Age Tm Lg Pos G GS MP FG FGA FG% 3P 3PA 3P% 2P 2PA 2P% eFG% FT FTA FT% ORB DRB TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
2019-20 20 CLE NBA PG 47 47 30.1 4.6 11.7 .393 1.8 5.2 .352 2.8 6.5 .425 .471 1.2 1.3 .873 0.4 1.5 1.9 3.6 0.7 0.0 2.7 1.5 12.2
Career NBA 47 47 30.1 4.6 11.7 .393 1.8 5.2 .352 2.8 6.5 .425 .471 1.2 1.3 .873 0.4 1.5 1.9 3.6 0.7 0.0 2.7 1.5 12.2
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/30/2020.

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