At 24 years old, Darius Garland has this physical status:
High school career
When he was in eighth grade, Garland was in the starting lineup for the Brentwood Academy varsity basketball team. He averaged 13 points, 1.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game in his freshman season, leading his team to the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) Division II-AA state championship. Garland was one of three finalists for Tennessee Mr. Basketball among Division II-AA players. After scoring 23 points versus Fairdale High School in the championship game, he claimed Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors at the King of the Bluegrass Holiday Classic on December 23, 2015. Garland averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 assists per game, winning TSSAA Division II-AA Mr. Basketball awards for 2018. MaxPreps, a high school sports website, also featured him in the Sophomore All-American Team's highest honorable mention. He grew 212 inches from his sophomore to junior year, and by his fourth year with Brentwood Academy, he was voted the best point guard in the 2018 class by recruiting company 247Sports.
Garland received a Certificate of Merit Honorable mention from the Naismith Trophy High School All-America in March 2017. He averaged 23.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.1 steals per game, leading his team to a 30–2 record and state championship. Garland also received the MaxPreps Junior All-American first team award. He committed to play basketball for Vanderbilt on November 13, 2017, drawn there because of its closeness to his house and head coach Bryce Drew. Garland made his senior debut in the USA Today All-USA preseason team before. He averaged 27.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.7 steals for Brentwood Academy's fourth straight state championship, tying the TSSAA record. Garland starred on the MaxPreps High School All-American third team, becoming the only player other than Brandan Wright to win Tennessee Mr. Basketball on three occasions. He was named Gatorade Tennessee Player of the Year and a semifinalist for the Naismith Trophy in March 2018. At the 2018 McDonald's All-American Game, Garland scored a game-high 11 assists on March 28, 2018. He participated in the Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit as well.
Garland was the best recruit to ever sign with Vanderbilt in the 2018-19 season. He was the only freshman in the Southeast Conference (SEC) to make the preseason all-conference team. Garland led all scorers with 24 points in his first college game against Winthrop on November 6, 2018. He scored a season-high 33 points against Liberty on November 19, the second-most points for a freshman in school history. On November 23, Garland suffered his knee during a layup against Kent State and left the game early. Bryce Drew, the head coach of Vanderbilt, announced that Garland will be out for the remainder of the season due to a meniscus injury. He announced on January 22, 2019 that he would leave Vanderbilt to recover from his injury and prepare for the 2019 NBA draft. Garland later became one of 77 total invitees to participate in the NBA Draft Combine. However, he left the tournament early on May 15, with the belief that a team in the NBA draft lottery had promised a pick.
In the 2019 NBA draft, Garland was selected with the Cleveland Cavaliers' fifth pick. The Cleveland Cavaliers reported on July 3, 2019 that they had signed with Garland. Garland made his NBA debut on October 23, 2019 with eight points, two rebounds, five assists, and a steal, starting with an 85-94 loss to the Orlando Magic. Garland made history by becoming the first player born in the 2000s to make his NBA debut.
In a 125-101 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on April 4, 2021, Garland scored a then-high 37 points as a result, as well as seven assists.
In a 111-91 victory over the Utah Jazz, Garland scored his first career triple-double, gaining 11 points, ten rebounds, and then career-high 15 assists. In a 107-102 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 15, Garland scored 27 points and a career-high 18 assists. On February 3, he was selected as a reserve for his first NBA All-Star Game. In a 127–124 victory over the Indiana Pacers on March 8, Garland scored a career-high 41 points with 13 assists. In a 115-108 NBA Play-In Tournament loss to the Brooklyn Nets on April 12, Garland scored a team-leading 34 points. The Cavaliers lost their second game in the eastern conference, dropping from 22 to 44 and finishing with their eighth highest mark in the eastern league, does not advance to the postseason. In voting for the Most Improved Player award, Garland came third, behind Ja Morant and Dejounte Murray.
Garland signed a five-year, $231 million designated rookie contract with the Cavaliers on July 9th, 2022.