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Most of you probably didn’t know the NBA season started months ago. Ya, really. Allow me to catch you up to speed while we count down the days until opening week of the NFL playoffs.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are…good. And no, LeBron James didn’t finally tire of the Lakers losing and head back to Cleveland for a third time. Cleveland has a bunch of talented young guys on the roster who have led the Wine and Gold to a surprising 24-18 start — good enough for sixth place in the East.
Maybe their most impactful player is third-year point guard Darius Garland, whose play has gotten the notice of some of the biggest stars in the league.
“Darius Garland should be in the All-Star Game,” Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell said following Cleveland’s Wednesday night win over Utah.
Donovan Mitchell, on one of his Cavs backcourt counterparts: "Darius Garland should be in the All-Star Game. Even not shooting the ball well [tonight], you saw the impact he had. What he's doing is next-level."
— Eric Walden (@tribjazz) January 13, 2022
Garland’s averaging a team-high 19 points, 7 1/2 assists, a steal and three rebounds per game, while shooting better than 46%. On Wednesday night, he sliced through the Utah defense for 11 points, 10 boards and 15 assists — his first career triple-double.
“Even not shooting the ball well (tonight), you saw the impact he had,” Mitchell said, per Eric Walden. “What he’s doing is next-level.”
Despite Mitchell’s push, Garland’s on the outside looking in. As of last week, Garland was 9th amongst Eastern conference guards in All-Star votes. By the way, this year’s All-Star Game is in Cleveland.
Should he earn the nod, Garland would be the first Cavalier to appear in the All-Star Game since that LeBron guy in 2018.
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