Why Dallas Mavericks should not overlook Cavaliers: 2. Garland and Rubio
The Cavs traded for Ricky Rubio during the offseason in a surprising deal. Why was a 22-win team trading for a veteran point guard? Rubio has been fantastic in Cleveland and is having arguably the best season of his NBA career as the 31-year-old averages 14.6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game this season.
Rubio has also been a fantastic mentor for third-year point guard Darius Garland. The 21-year-old has taken his game to another level this year as he averages 18.7 points, 7.1 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Garland was a top-five pick in 2019, and he is more than living up to the hype this season.
Collin Sexton played in just 11 games before needing season-ending surgery to repair a torn meniscus. The injury opened up more minutes for Ricky Rubio, and he is rewarding the Cavaliers with outstanding play. Cleveland has one of the best point guard duos in the league, and Rubio continues to help Garland improve his game.
The Mavericks struggle defending elite point guards, so they cannot afford to overlook the Garland and Rubio combination. Both players are skilled playmakers that are scoring at career-high rates. Dallas needs to respect them and figure out how to slow the duo down.