Cleveland Cavaliers guard Darius Garland was sidelined on the first day with the USA Select Team.
However, the burgeoning pro has looked stellar since returning from the minor injury.
#Cavs Darius Garland had a very minor knee-to-knee thing his first day with USA Select Team that kept him out of some of the stuff on Day One, a source tells @clevelanddotcom. But he’s been full go since and has looked really good in scrimmages, I’m told.
— Chris Fedor (@ChrisFedor) July 9, 2021
Garland, 21, was the No. 5 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
After a subpar first year in the league, the Vanderbilt University product conducted an impressive sophomore campaign. Garland collected a career-high 17.4 points, 6.1 assists and 2.4 boards per game during the 2020-21 regular season.
Furthermore, he shot a whopping 45.1 percent from the field and 39.5 percent from downtown. Many within the Cavs’ organization reportedly view Garland as the team’s best player.
The guard’s rising trajectory earned him a spot on the USA Select Team, which will help Team USA prepare ahead of the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo later this summer.