Player Profile

Darius Garland

Darius Garland

Cleveland Cavaliers Point guard

Nationality :American
Date Of Birth :January 26, 2000
Height :6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight :192 lb (87 kg)

Darius Garland: A Brief Biography

Darius Garland was born on January 26, 2000, in Gary, Indiana, to his mother Felicia Garland and his father Winston Garland, a former professional basketball player.

After watching his father play in the NBA as a young child, he developed an interest in basketball. Although he later only played basketball, he also liked baseball.

Second-grader Garland made his first basket.

Darius was so skilled at basketball that he competed against much older opponents on the travel team and later joined AAU in Nashville because the local teams fell short of his expectations.

He attended Brentwood Academy after moving to Nashville, Tennessee, for sixth grade.

In the eighth grade, he was added to the Brentwood Academy varsity team’s starting lineup.

He played fantastically all through high school. On December 23, 2015, as a sophomore, he was named MVP of the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic.

In March 2017, he received a Naismith Trophy High School All-American honorable mention.

Darius entered the 2018–19 season as the best recruit in Vanderbilt history after playing outstanding high school basketball.

And as anticipated, his college career went even better than his high school career. At the NBA Draft Combine, he was one of 77 invited players.

Height of Darius Garland, Weight, and Body Stats

He weighs about 192 pounds and is 185 meters tall.

How much does Darius Garland Earn? Net Worth

Darius has achieved a lot during his more than four years of NBA play.

He is expected to have a $5 million net worth as of 2023 thanks to NBA career and brand deals.

He currently has a huge contract with the athletic brand Nike. However, no specifics of this agreement have been made public.

On July 1, 2019, Darius agreed to a four-year, $29.08 million rookie scale contract with the Cavaliers after being selected by the team.

The total guaranteed amount under this agreement is $20,162,520, and the average yearly wage is $7,270,829.

For the 2022–23 campaign, he received a base salary of $8.92 million. Prior to that, the Cavaliers exercised a $7.04 million option on December 23, 2020, for the 2021–2022 campaign.

On July 8, 2022, Darius agreed to a five-year, $194.3 million contract extension with the team that was designated as a rookie contract and contained a 30% cap clause.

He will receive $33.5 million under this agreement for the 2023–2024 season, $36.18 million for the 2024–25 season, and $38.86 million for the following season.

It pays his final year base salary of $44.22 million and keeps him on the team through the end of the 2027–2028 season.

In total, Darius has made $29,083,315 during his NBA career.

He will also have earned more than $223,383,315 by the end of the 2027–2028 season just from the NBA, and we are fairly certain he will earn millions more from his endorsement deals.

Darius Garland plays for Cleveland Cavaliers (Central NBA Team)

High school career

In his eighth grade year, Garland made the Brentwood Academy varsity basketball team’s starting lineup. He averaged 17 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game during his rookie campaign, helping his team win the Division II-AA state championship of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA). Garland was one of the final three Division II-AA players competing for the title of Tennessee Mr. Basketball. On December 23, 2015, he won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award at the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic as a sophomore after scoring 23 points in the championship game against Fairdale High School. Garland was named the TSSAA Division II-AA Mr. Basketball after averaging 18.6 points and 4.3 assists per game. He was also listed as an honorable mention on the Sophomore All-American Team by the high school sports website MaxPreps. He gained 212 inches of height between his sophomore and junior years, and by his fourth season with Brentwood Academy, recruiting service 247Sports had named him the best point guard in the 2018 class.

Garland received honorable mention status for the Naismith Trophy High School All-America in March 2017. He guided his team to a 30-2 record and the state championship while averaging 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game. Garland was also named to the first team of the MaxPreps Junior All-Americans. He committed to play basketball in college on November 13, 2017, choosing Vanderbilt because of its proximity to his home and head coach Bryce Drew. Garland was named to the USA Today All-USA preseason team before the start of his senior year. He tied the TSSAA record by averaging 27.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.7 steals per game while helping Brentwood Academy win its fourth consecutive state championship. Garland became the only player besides Brandan Wright to have won Tennessee Mr. Basketball three times and was added to the MaxPreps High School All-American third team. In March 2018, he was recognized as the Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year and a Naismith Trophy semifinalist. On March 28 at the 2018 McDonald’s All-American Game, Garland notched a game-high 11 assists. He also participated in the Nike Hoop Summit and the Jordan Brand Classic.

College career

Garland joined Vanderbilt for the 2018–19 academic year as the best recruit to ever sign there. He was the lone Southeastern Conference (SEC) freshman to be named to the preseason all-conference team. On November 6, 2018, Garland scored 24 points to lead all scorers in his first college game against Winthrop. On November 19, in a 79-70 victory over Liberty, he scored a season-high 33 points, which ranks second in school history for a freshman. On November 23, Garland suffered a knee injury while shooting a layup against Kent State. He had to leave the game early. Bryce Drew, the head coach of Vanderbilt, announced four days later that Garland would miss the rest of the season due to a meniscus injury. He made the decision to leave Vanderbilt on January 22, 2019, to focus on his injury recovery and get ready for the 2019 NBA Draft. Later, Garland was selected as one of 77 total invitees to the NBA Draft Combine. He left the event on May 15 early, though, believing he had been promised a spot on a team in the NBA draft lottery.

Professional career

Cleveland Cavaliers (2019–present)

Early years (2019–2021)

The Cleveland Cavaliers selected Garland with the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He agreed to a rookie scale contract with the Cavaliers on July 3, 2019. Garland started in an 85-94 loss to the Orlando Magic on October 23, 2019, making his NBA debut. He finished with eight points, two rebounds, five assists, and a steal. Garland made history by becoming the first player born in the 2000s to play in the NBA during this game. On November 22, in a 101-143 loss to the Dallas Mavericks, he recorded a season-high 23 points and four assists. Garland was frequently listed as one of the NBA’s worst players during his rookie season. He averaged 12.3 points and 3.9 assists per game during his rookie campaign. Both of the NBA All-Rookie teams at the end of the season did not include Garland.

Garland made his Cavaliers season debut on December 23, 2020, scoring 22 points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out six assists in a 121-114 victory over the Charlotte Hornets. He had a then-career-high 37 points on April 5, 2021, and seven assists in a 125-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs. Garland averaged 17.4 points per game, 6.1 assists, and 1.2 steals, despite the Cavaliers missing the playoffs for the third straight year.

First All-Star selection (2021–present)

Garland’s first triple-double came on January 12, 2022, when he defeated the Utah Jazz 111-91 while contributing 11 points, 10 rebounds, and a then-career-high 15 assists. On January 15, Garland outscored the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-102 while dishing out a career-high 18 assists. On February 3, he was chosen as a reserve for his first NBA All-Star Game. On March 8, Garland defeated the Indiana Pacers 127-124 with a then-career-high 41 points and 13 assists. On April 12, Garland scored a team-high 34 points in a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA play-in tournament, 115-108. Garland and the Cavaliers were defeated by the Atlanta Hawks in their subsequent game, which meant that despite doubling their win total from 22 to 44 the previous season and finishing with the eighth-best record in the eastern conference, they would not advance to the postseason. Following Ja Morant and Dejounte Murray in the voting for the Most Improved Player honor, Garland came in third.

Garland and the Cavaliers agreed to a five-year, $231 million designated rookie extension on July 9, 2022. On November 13, in a 129-124 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves, he set a personal record by scoring 51 points, including a career-high 10-of-15 three-pointers, during the fourth quarter. He joined Walt Wesley (once), Kyrie Irving (twice), and LeBron James (nine times) as the fourth Cavaliers player to reach the 50-point mark. His ten 3-pointers were one shy of Kyrie Irving’s team record and doubled his previous single-game high. On November 18, Garland scored a game-high 41 points to help the Cavaliers defeat the Charlotte Hornets 132-122 in double overtime.

Personal Life

The star point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Darius Garland, is said to be single.