Ranking fits of Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell, and Darius Garland for Spurs

The futures of Trae Young, Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland are uncertain, according to rumors, so we ranked their fits with the San Antonio Spurs.
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2. Darius Garland

The former fifth-overall pick has no resume to frown upon. In five seasons with the Cavs, Garland has career averages of 18.4 points and 6.7 assists on shooting splits of 44.8% from the field and 38.4% from three-point range.

While Garland has been a cornerstone in Cleveland's future, he's yet to be someone who has that 'it' factor and be a top option on a team with championship admirations; now, that can be related to the fact that the Cavs acquired superstar guard Donovan Mitchell two summers ago. However, fans have yet to see Garland have an impact with higher hopes than a second-round appearance.

Even though he hasn't truly put a team on his back, there's no question that Garland could be Robin to an elite big man playing the role of Batman.

The Vanderbilt alum is one the shiftiest and most crafty ball-handlers in the league and is a gifted scorer in isolation schemes. Darius thrives in the pick-and-roll next to big men Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, so running it with Victor Wembanyama would be a deadly sight for opposing defenders.

San Antonio has never been known for having flashy play, but with the arrival of Wembanyama, Spurs basketball is entering a new era. Garland could establish an identity of highlight plays because that's what he brings to the table. The 24-year-old former All-Star carries a creative style of play when handling the ball, which he may be most known for.

Garland is one of the most talented players in the league when the ball is in his hands. He can score and create space on all three levels of the floor, has an explosive, quick first step that allows him to blow by defenders, loves to get out in transition and play fast-paced ball, and is an elite playmaker who sees the entire floor to give open looks to his teammates.

The one quality that makes the Garland idea so intriguing is that he knows how to play alongside big men who are lob threats; those assets would be available to him if he made his way down to San Antonio with Wemby and Jeremy Sochan.

Garland's situation is identical to the previous one mentioned in Donovan Mitchell. Their matchup against Boston will allow their front office to gather more information. It's a series that will force Cleveland to make some interesting decisions if the Celtics send the Cavs packing.