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CLEVELAND- The Cleveland Cavaliers have signed guard Darius Garland to a multi-year contract extension, Cavaliers president of basketball operations Koby Altman announced Saturday.
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“Darius has proven to be a terrific basketball player and someone who embodies everything a franchise would want in a young player,” Altman said. “We quickly saw Darius become an NBA star and a vital part of our quest for lasting success. Both on and off the field, Darius has demonstrated a strong commitment to this organization and the community. We look forward to our future and what we can accomplish here in Cleveland.
Garland, a first-time NBA All-Star last season, played in 68 games (all starts) and recorded career highs in points (21.7), rebounds (3.3), assists (8 .6, sixth best in the NBA), steals (1.31), minutes (35.7), field goal percentage (.462) and free throw percentage (.892, seventh best in the NBA). He also had more double-doubles (29), 20-point games (42) and 30-point games (seven) this season than his first two NBA campaigns combined. The third-year guard joined LeBron James as the only players in franchise history to finish a season with an average of at least 20.0 points and 8.0 assists and was just one of five NBA players to do so this season (Trae Young, Dejounte Murray, Luka Dončić, James Harden). Garland helped lead the Cavaliers to a 44-38 record, their best mark since 2017-18, and finished third in NBA Most Improved Player of the Year voting.
The 6-1 guard was one of only two NBA players to average at least 20.0 points and 8.0 assists while shooting .450 or better from the field and .850 from the foul line ( Trae Young). Garland also recorded 29 double-doubles with point assists and 19 games of at least 20 points and 10 assists, both of which were fourth in the entire NBA. He earned NBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week honors for the week of January 10-16 and had a five-game streak with at least 10 assists in January (January 15-24), becoming the second Cavs player to accomplish. this feat since 2003 (LeBron James). Additionally, Garland became the fourth-youngest player in Cavaliers history to record a triple-double in a win at Utah on Jan. 12 (LeBron James, Brad Daugherty, Kyrie Irving) and only the third player in the league. NBA history of having a game of at least 27 points, 18 assists and five rebounds before the age of 22 in Cleveland’s win at Oklahoma City on Jan. 15 (Trae Young, Luka Dončić).
At the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend in Cleveland, Garland helped Team Cavs win the championship at the Taco Bell Skills Challenge and followed that up with 13 points in Team LeBron’s All-Star Game victory. After the break, Garland averaged 24.8 points and 10.0 assists over the past 21 games. During that span, he dished out 19 career assists on March 4 at Philadelphia, which tied for the most assists of any NBA player this season (Chris Paul, twice). Garland also recorded a career-high 41 points, to go along with 13 assists, five rebounds and two steals in a win at Indiana on March 8, becoming one of six players in NBA history at 22. years old or younger with at least 40. points, 10 assists, five rebounds and two steals in a single game (Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Isiah Thomas, Chris Webber, Luka Dončić).
Garland, who was No. 5 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft by Cleveland, has played in 181 career games (177 starts) averaging 17.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.09 steals in 33.4 minutes over three NBA seasons. He is also the fastest Cavaliers player to make 300 career three-pointers, in his 147th game (January 9 at Golden State), and already ranks 11th in team history in three-pointers ( 384).