Top prospect Darius Garland has left the NBA Draft Combine, fueling belief among some teams that he could have a promise in lottery, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
Garland appeared in just five games during his freshman season at Vanderbilt after he suffered a meniscus injury in his left knee back in November. Just playing so few games at the collegiate level, the Tennessee native still decided to declare for the 2019 draft.
In those five contests, Garland put together averages of 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 2.6 assists while shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc. His best performance came on Nov. 19 when he scored 33 points in a 79-70 Vanderbilt win over Liberty.
CBS Sports Garry Parrish currently has Garland going to the Phoenix Suns with the sixth overall pick in his post-lottery mock draft. The general consensus is that Garland will be selected in the top 10 and could even sneak into the top five of the June draft.
As far as where Garland could end up, several teams in the top 10 could show significant interest in a player of Garlands caliber.
The Los Angeles Lakers could be very interested in drafting Garland as their roster is currently constructed. Obviously, their interest could change if an Anthony Davis trade occurs prior to the draft, but Garland would make a ton of sense for the team. Rajon Rondo is set to become a free agent and if the Lakers were select Garland, Lonzo Ball wouldnt have to handle the basketball as much and could be more of an offensive weapon.
The Chicago Bulls and Suns also could have interest in grabbing Garland if he falls out of the top five. Outside of Chicagos starting backcourt of Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, the Bulls dont exactly have a ton of depth and Garland would fit the bill considering hes a combo guard. The Suns could also be interested with their need for a point guard, which Garland could blossom into down the road.
Its certainly going to be worth keeping an eye on what teams bring Garland in for pre-draft workouts, which potentially could give a clearer indication of what teams are interested in selecting him.
Darius Garland has left the NBA Draft Combine, fueling a belief among some teams that he has received a promise from a team in the lottery.
Garland announced in January that he would leave Vanderbilt to recover from his injury and prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft.
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