The Cleveland Cavaliers are not among the favorites for the 2019-20 NBA season despite still having Kevin Love around. Apparently, first-year head coach John Beilein will be focusing on developing the young players on the roster led by incoming sophomore Collin Sexton.

Despite being in rebuild mode, the Cavs should still be a team to watch. There is a chance that Love could still recall that old form he showed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Aside from that, other players continue to evolve and improve. This includes Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr., two former youngsters from the Los Angeles Lakers who improve through each season.

Despite these Cavs that are showing promise, more help is needed. Another player in the radar is Darius Garland, the fifth overall pick of the Cavs in the 2019 NBA Draft. In a previous post and before the actual NBA Draft, the 19-year-old out of Vanderbilt was a potential target of the Los Angeles Lakers. In fact, he was even spotted working with Lakers star LeBron James which further backed up that belief.

Instead, the 2019 McDonalds All-American found himself being selected by the Cavs and it appears Cleveland is pretty happy. In fact, Garland has been drawing praise for his shooting range, with one official calling it "almost endless" according to Terry Pluto of

“In workouts, the Cavs have been very impressed with Garland’s shooting range,” he wrote. “One official called it ‘almost endless.’ The Cavs are working on Garland’s ball-handling and passing skills, especially in pick-and-roll situations.”

Garland played only five games for Vanderbilt University in his final season on account of a knee injury. That became a concern for some teams but the Cavs were willing to take a chance. And that decision seems to be paying off with Garland showing off his impressive shooting stroke.

Prior to his injury, Garland averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists. Aside from that, he made 53.7 percent of his shots from the field while knocking down 11-of-23 attempts from downtown. These numbers were enough to convince the Cavs that the 6-foot-2 could strike it well in the NBA ranks.

For the coming season, he and Sexton will be at the front of the guard line of the Cavs. With Beilein calling the shots, there is reason to believe that the former NBA champions may just pull off a surprise.

Darius Garland
Darius Garland hopes to join a good team this NBA season. Darius Garland #10 of the Vanderbilt Commodores looks on against the USC Trojans during a game at The Galen Center on November 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Cassy Athena