Report: Cavs Willing to Put Darius Garland in Starting Lineup Immediately

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Darius Garland has an opportunity to take over the Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting point guard spot if he can prove that he deserves it.

Cavs coach John Beilein recently said Garland can earn the spot if it’s beneficial to the team.

“If he’s able to practice enough and earn it, I have no qualms about that at all,” said Beilein. “But there’s a certain process you have to go through to be that starting point guard and whatever it’s going take. We will get him in when we think it’s best for the team to win.”

There’s a reason why Garland is being given the chance to earn his way into the coveted position. His first two preseason games have shown that the Cavs have benefitted from his presence on the floor.

“Numbers can be a bit deceiving this time of year, but the Cavs’ offense flowed well with him as the engine,” wrote’s Chris Fedor. “As he did on Monday against San Lorenzo [de Almagro], Garland brought a sense of calm to the floor, showing a great feel, which is something teammates noticed immediately. With him in the game, the Cavs outscored [the] Detroit [Pistons] by 13 points.”

The 6-foot-2 rookie guard has less than two weeks before his regular-season debut to keep impressing Beilein and show his coach that he deserves to start. But it looks like Garland is content with whatever his coach decides to do.

“It doesn’t matter,” Garland said. “Just here to win games and make each other better.”

So far, Garland is making the Cavaliers look like geniuses for picking him No. 5 in last June’s draft.

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Omar is a former staff writer with the King James Gospel. He is a Cavaliers fan who has followed the team from the Mark Price-led 1980s team to the LeBron era. Omar applauded the King's return to the Land and celebrated the team's first championship in 2016. He has pledged to defend the Land every chance he gets.