At times last season, it felt like the Cavs had a your turn, my turn offense with Donovan Mitchell and Garland. Whenever one of them was hot, the other would immediately differ. I am all for feeding the hot hand, but sometimes you need to get yours, and Garland struggled with that last season.
In games with Mitchell last season, Garland averaged 20 points and seven assists per game. In games without Mitchell, he averaged 26 points per game and nine assists. There were also games where Garland was not nearly as aggressive, and was way too passive.
One game that stands out is Game 1 against the New York Knicks last postseason. Garland shot the ball only 13 times, leading to 17 points. He shot over 50 percent, and yes Mitchell was the hot hand in that game, but Garland also has to look for his shot to keep the pressure on the defense. He has gifted ball handling and separation skills. He HAS to use them for scoring, not just playmaking.
Garland has completely changed the narrative around his Cavaliers career after his rookie year. He has improved every year.
Now, if the Cavs want to achieve their contender aspirations, DG the PG must continue his ascension.