Stillwater wrote:JonFromVA wrote:Stillwater wrote:not getting personal here with the generalities bs so let that go...
I will tell you that I dont hate DG as a 6th man type which is exactly what I saw him as pre draft and what he might be able to achieve but at this point not even sure I am confident he can be that .
at the time of the pick my only gripe was I just liked others ahead of him at the time of the draft for fit esp and also for upside on this roster esp given my faith in Sextons development as a lead ball ahndler despite few opinions matching that and lets be honest ...I was right to think that.
So I did not like the idea of another 1 way combo guard who was undersized to get it done defensively outside of his mirror...
and the real kicker is DG had less speed length and athleticism as the one the Cavs already had in Sexton who at least has the physical ability and length to handle some switches as his BBIQ increases defensively etc etc.
Garland should not be a starting pg in the NBA until he earns it...not just based on what we saw from him in his 1 season in the NBA, but because he maybe never should have been targetted as such given his ball handling strengths and ability to get his shot off by creating space was always his greatest attribute esp if the shot starts falling. If it doesnt start falling what is he? a meh defender a meh scoring threat and a avg at best distributor because nobody will be open except him when he is the ball handler.
You know what he is? A rook. A rook who was asked to focus on initiating the offense rather then working on his dribble-shoot game because Collin couldn't. He may turn out to be far more or far less than you imagine, but it takes time to find out.
The real question is whether he will be willing to work on the things he needs to do to advance his game ... and don't know why you don't see it ... but I think he's already demonstrated he will. Combined with his intelligence, attitude, bbiq, passing, dribbling, and shooting you should be spending less time worrying and more time anticipating.
I think you're seeing Darius as a repudiation of Collin, and hold that against him, but the Cavs talked to Collin before drafting Darius and he was excited to try to make it work.
Yeah I cannot figure out why you are so confident in his trajectory when he hasnt improved much since he was draft at all. I guess he gets a pass because he was thrown in the fire next to a ball dominant guard and add that he wasnt strong enough or healthy enough or maybe you can place blame on Beilein which would be more understandable.
In the end he is not better than Sexton has shown, and he definitely has to have a really impressive season to make up for his poor showing in yr 1. Some like yourself for whatever reason are still falling for his upside but the truth is he was drafted to be some high floor ball handler floor gen that could knock down shots in an emty gym and his overall skillset despite being solid for the 5th overall pick didnt come close to transfering to the pros. Maybe after a full offseason we will see the next phase and I can get on board with your optimism, right now I am just hoping he can become a rotation level pro.
Again your mixing the truth with your opinion, and failing to see what was going on right on the floor this season.
How hard is it to let a young skinny player coming off injury to work his way in to nba shape and develop an nba body before deciding there are things he will never do playing against grown men?