Where are Cavs guards Darius Garland and Donovan Mitchell predicted to be ranked at the end of the 2023-24 season? The staff over at Bleacher Report ranked where they think the top guards will finish for the upcoming season. Both Garland and Mitchell made the list.
Coming in at 18 is Garland.
“Garland has the mechanics to become one of the best three-point shooters in the NBA and is coming off a career-high 41.0 percent mark from deep overall and 44.0 percent on catch-and-shoot looks.“
Garland showed flashes of what he could be before last season. Taking over as the main ball-handler for the Cavs after Collin Sexton went down due to a season-ending injury, Garland found a way to unlock some skills that were going overlooked. This was just a preview of what was to come as Garland looks even better when paired with Mitchell.
Speaking of Mitchell, he finds himself inside the top 10 at number nine.
“At his best, Mitchell could be the best shooting guard in the NBA this season. At his worst, he’s still in the top three to five overall as someone who can score in isolation, run the pick-and-roll or finish in transition. His combination of speed, strength and shooting is everything you can ask for in a guard, one who’s yet to hit his peak.”
Mitchell is one of the best players in the league, and his rank as a Top-10 guard is indicative of that. There is a reason why the Cavs made the move to acquire Mitchell. The soon-to-be 27-year-old showed why plenty of times in his first year in Cleveland.
Garland and Mitchell are the two most important players on the Cavs currently. If Cleveland is going to get where they want to go, it will be on these two to get things done. They have plenty of talent, and the supporting cast is improved. Big things are expected for this team in 2023-24, and the future of one of the two players mentioned here depends on it. Find a way to succeed, and Mitchell extends his stay. Fall short again, and Mitchell could be on his way out of town.