If anyone knows what it takes to succeed in the NBA, it’s Steph Curry. The Golden State Warriors guard is a seven-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA first-teamer, two-time MVP, and three-time NBA champion. So his opinion about what makes someone capable of becoming a big star in the league carries a lot of weight.
ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan recently appeared on the Bill Simmons Podcast and the topic of conversation shifted to Curry. MacMullan noted that Steph specifically called out Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Darius Garland as a young player he thinks is going to be a star one day soon.
“I talked to Steph Curry a couple weeks ago, and I was asking him about young players he might have reached out to, and guess who he said?” MacMullan said, via Brad Sullivan of Cavaliers Nation. “Darius Garland, Darius Garland, he loves Darius Garland a lot, a lot, a lot. He thinks that kid is gonna be a flat-out star.”
I don't think the NBA is ready for the breakout season Darius Garland is about to have pic.twitter.com/KHJ2S1CLBR
— Tony Pesta (@Tony_Pesta) September 17, 2021
The Vanderbilt product is entering his third season in the league and is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.3 points and 6.1 assists per game. His passing game is already making him the stuff of legends in Cleveland.
HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ANYTHING SO BEAUTIFUL? pic.twitter.com/kec01UB7RN
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 20, 2021
That Steph would bring up Garland unprompted speaks pretty highly of his potential and the impact the three-time Mr. Tennessee Basketball has made already. And at 21 years old, he’s got a lot of potential playing time ahead of him and the chance to improve even further.