3 Cleveland Cavaliers helped by the arrival of wing Max Strus

Max Strus, Miami Heat. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Darius Garland, Cleveland Cavaliers. (Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports) /

Cav No. 2 helped most by Strus: Darius Garland

We have seen Darius Garland adapt and involve every teammate he has. Whether he’s throwing lobs to Mobley and Allen, sharing the ball-handling load with Mitchell or LeVert or launching a quick pass out of a layup to an open shooter, Garland’s offensive IQ continuously evolves with every passing season.

Garland’s creativity and selfless mentality solidify him as a Cavalier for as long as he wants to be one, regardless of what any outlandish trade speculation says. The Wine and Gold live in Garland’s soul.

By slotting Max Strus into the starting three spot, Garland has another teammate with offensive versatility and defensive productivity. In truth, Strus seems likely to be the best realistic wing option the Cavaliers could have found this offseason. With a 37.1 percent three-point accuracy over his career, Strus adds lethality to Cleveland’s perimeter attack.

Playing next to a shooter of Strus’ caliber is sure to put the smile that lights up Cleveland on Garland’s face every game.

Strus can also cut into an open lane, running past an opponent who lose their focus. Strus made 67.9 percent of his field goal attempts within three feet of the basket. Though Strus is only 6-foot-5, he has the ability to finish in deep off of a smart pass inside. Garland can make the most of this talent.

There is a myriad of opportunities for both Garland and Mobley provided by Strus, but one member of Cleveland benefits most with what Strus brings to the table.