Darius Garland: Off-Ball Offense
Our scouting grades represent the composite opinion of at least three different scouts. Each category is graded based on how we view a player’s current ability level relative to NBA players at the same position (guard, wing, forward or big). A grade of 1 indicates replacement level, a grade of 5 indicates NBA average, and a grade of 10 indicates historically elite. Our composite scouting notes help provide context for our grades.
Movement & positioning
About 70 percent of Garland’s shots came from on-ball play types, so there is more than a little extrapolation in these grades. Nonetheless, there were several positive indications of understanding how to move without the ball. He does a good job moving to find open space to get his shot. He is also very effective at lifting without the basketball to create space for others and guard against run-outs. He had three very impressive baseline out-of-bounds plays, two of which featured him sprinting to the corner after inbounding the ball and the third featured a curl around a down screen.
Garland did not set any screens this season, and his slight frame makes this aspect of his game unlikely to develop.
Shooting off the catch
In a very limited sample, Garland displayed a strong ability to shoot off the catch. His shooting mechanics are clean for the most part, and his shooting motion is quick. The sample off-the-catch is extremely small (three makes on four attempts), but his free throw shooting, mid-range and 3-point numbers all point to Garland being a high-level shooter. Although his 3-point shooting in EYBL was just okay, he did shoot 87 percent on 100 free throw attempts.
Shooting off movement
Garland’s few attempts in this category were off slight movement, fading into the corner or from dribble handoffs. While he hasn’t shown the ability to shoot after sprinting off screens, he did display great balance and NBA range in this limited sample. His mechanics remained consistent on these attempts.
Finishing off movement
There weren’t many instances of Garland receiving the ball while moving toward the basket. Similar to his on-ball finishing, he is good at sealing defenders off on his hip and creating space with his quickness. He can finish with either hand and has the body control to contort his body in the air and make tough layups. This will remain a low volume skill for him moving forward, but there is a basis to expect a reasonable degree of success when the opportunity is there.