Darius Garland 2019 NBA Draft Analysis

It was unfortunate that Darius Garland had a season ending meniscus injury in his left knee. He was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. There is lot of uncertainty surrounding him because there is a lot unknown about Darius. In high school and in the 5 games Darius played, he is a very good jump shooter. He can create separation for his shot and shoots a high %. He shot 53.7% from the field and 47.8% from the 3-point line. Darius depends on his jump shooting ability to score than dribble penetration. Darius should be selected in 8-13 range. If he played out his freshman year without any injuries, he would be a top 5 pick. Few things that may keep him from achieving success at the pro level are:

1)   Injury Concerns: Season ending injury at Vanderbilt did not give Darius Garland a chance to show off his game or to develop his game. How would he bounce back from this injury? How does the year off from basketball affect his overall game, the physical as well as the mental aspect of the game?

2)   Passing ability:  Darius averages 2.6 apg. That is a low number for a point guard. Point guard is expected to get the offense started for the rest of the 4 players on the court. Darius definitely needs to improve this component of his game.

3)   Free throw shooting:  Darius shoots at 75% from the FT line. If Darius can improve to 80-85% range, it will make his team even better and create scoring opportunities for Darius with the clock stopped.

4)   Dribble penetration: Darius needs to work on shot creation and be able to blow by his defenders with dribble penetration. Shot selection and decision-making is also another weakness.

5)   Low impact: Darius scores lower on his personal game compared to the overall team impact. It is encouraging that his game and skill-sets positively impact a team. If he improves his assist numbers and steals per game numbers, he will also increase his personal score.

6) Defensive game: Darius has a very developed offensive game but he struggles on defense. He is smaller than the other point guards, therefore guarding taller and bigger point guards in the NBA is going to be a challenge for Darius.


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