This stat highlights just how great a shooter the Cavs’ Darius Garland is

I understand. The end of the Cleveland Cavaliers season did not go as we Wine and Gold fans would have hoped. The Cavaliers are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and on Tuesday night they lost to the lowly Orlando Magic, who have the second-worst record in the league, and Orlando has been badly beaten in this game.

After the All-Star break, Cleveland is just 8-14, and in their last 15 games the Cavs are 5-10 with a minus-4.1 net rating. Among teams in this streak, that net rating is 21st in the NBA, and after All-Star, Cleveland’s net rating of minus-3.7 is 22nd.

By comparison, the Cavaliers were 35-23 going into the Cleveland-centric All-Star break, and before the break the team was seventh in net rating at 4.2.

Of course, injuries have taken their toll, as Jarrett Allen has been sidelined for about a month with a broken finger, Caris LeVert has missed the first nine games after the All-Star break with a sprained foot, and Evan Mobley has been sidelined lately with a sprained ankle. Rajon Rondo’s sprained ankle also caused him to miss an extended period, and it didn’t help that Dean Wade was ruled out for the rest of the season a few weeks ago with a partial meniscus. torn.

Granted, it’s not all injury-related, and the defense hasn’t been what it was for most pre-All-Star break games, even before Allen’s injury. There have been long stretches where the Cavs have had gaps, or sometimes lulls on offense, but objectively there have always been positives.

For example, Lauri Markkanen has played very well on numerous occasions, Lamar Stevens continues to make an impact on both sides, and recent two-way signing Moses Brown has performed well all things considered.

That said, even with the team inconsistencies over the past month and more, Darius Garland’s efforts still shouldn’t be diminished.

The third-year guard was rightfully selected to play in his first All-Star Game this season, which Jarrett Allen was also in, and in Garland’s case, he had 21.7 points and 8.7 assists per game this season. Garland hit in 37.9% of his three-point attempts and had a 57.4% true shooting rate.

Now, after All-Star, his true shooting clip has dropped a bit to 55.5% from pre-All-Star 58.4%, but with his huge workload both as a scorer/ shooter creator and playmaker, I don’t read much into that.

One area of ​​his game that has indicated he has taken his shot creation and scoring to another level over the season is also his pull shot from beyond the arc.

Part of that has to do with Cleveland not having Ricky Rubio since late December and his contract since being included in the trade for Caris LeVert, but while Garland’s hit rate catch- post-All-Star three-and-shoot was just 26.5%, his three-in-one pull-up hit rate was 45.9% after that. That’s both according to shot tracking data from

This stat is very impressive from Garland, and it shows how he is only getting better and solidifying as a great shooter.

I understand that Garland’s catch-and-shoot success rate on three is down after All-Star, and for the season, compared to last, but he’s still shown off-ball abilities and hasn’t Collin Sexton for most of the year hasn’t helped, as far as secondary play goes. And Garland’s off-ball/catch-and-shoot opportunities haven’t been there as much, with him still getting used to playing with Caris LeVert, and Rajon Rondo having often been unavailable.

However, as we discussed, his effectiveness on three-point pull-up attempts after All-Star is a testament to Garland’s emergence as one of the league’s great shooters, and even with players in and out of alignment. for Cleveland, Garland has always hit her share of deep looks, mostly of her own making.

Personally, this sort of thing shows me that Garland has taken his shooting to another level, and with what he showed last season and still a good amount this year, I’m not concerned about the fall of catch-and -Three post shoot -All-Star break. Part of that has to do with Cleveland’s injuries and lineup reshuffling, too, for more context.

In any case, even though the end of the season hasn’t gone the way we would have hoped as Cavs fans, injuries aside, Garland’s continued growth as an overall shooter and three-way scorer levels should not be ignored, nor should his game progress. He recently broke the Cavaliers record for assists in a calendar month in March, doubled the assist point in a month in March with 11, and on Tuesday, even with the villainous L, he scored his 29th double-double of the season. .

So to bring him home, Garland’s aforementioned post-All-Star pull-up three on a 19.7% hit, and him hitting 40.3 on the year with a 22.2 hit. % (3.8 attempts per exit) was very impressive.

His ability to shake things up on trades in pick-and-roll situations, especially with his driving and playing prowess, made Garland even deadlier as a perimeter shooter, and seemingly in the middle. of range. Garland’s lineup played into him, generating more free throw attempts as the season went on, for what it’s worth, and I’m not overlooking that either.

But as we’ve seen here, the effectiveness of shooting from distance at the end of his season underscores how Garland is undoubtedly becoming one of the great shooters in this league, even if the team falls into play. in territory.

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