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Kyrie Irving

26-Year-Old        Boston Celtics

2017-18 NBA Stats

PTS

24.4

REB

3.8

AST

5.1

STL

1.1

BLK

0.3

2017-18 NBA ROS Projections

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2017-18 Fantasy Basketball Outlook

Wow, isn’t it hard to believe Irving is in Boston? Regardless of location, the starting point guard will still be asked to carry a heavy load with the Celtics. Remember, Isaiah Thomas took 19.4 shots per game last season, only a hair below Irving’s 19.7. Most of those shots ...

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STATUS:  Out For Season    INJURY:  Knee    EST. RETURN:  10/1/2018
HT: 6' 3"   WT: 193 lbs   DOB: 3/23/1992  College: Duke
DRAFTED: 1st Rd, #1 Overall in 2011   Show ContractHide Contract

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Kyrie Irving Contract Information:

Signed a five-year, $94.34 million contract extension with the Cavaliers in July of 2014. Contract expires after the 2019-20 season.

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Irving (knee) is already able to walk without crutches and his recovery is going well, Jay King of The Athletic reports.

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Kyrie Irving NBA Stats – Per Game
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2011-12 19 CLE 51 30.5 18.5 3.7 5.4 1.1 0.4 1.4 46.9 87.2 3.1 0.9 2.9 3.6 39.9 6.9 14.6 3.4 3.8
2012-13 20 CLE 59 34.7 22.5 3.7 5.9 1.5 0.4 1.8 45.2 85.5 3.2 0.6 3.1 4.7 39.1 8.2 18.1 4.2 4.9
2013-14 21 CLE 71 35.2 20.8 3.6 6.1 1.5 0.3 1.7 43.0 86.1 2.7 0.7 2.9 4.8 35.8 7.5 17.4 4.1 4.8
2014-15 22 CLE 75 36.4 21.7 3.2 5.2 1.5 0.3 2.1 46.8 86.3 2.5 0.7 2.4 5.0 41.5 7.7 16.5 4.2 4.9
2015-16 23 CLE 53 31.5 19.6 3.0 4.7 1.1 0.3 1.6 44.8 88.5 2.3 0.8 2.1 4.9 32.1 7.4 16.6 3.2 3.6
2016-17 24 CLE 72 35.1 25.2 3.2 5.8 1.2 0.3 2.5 47.3 90.5 2.5 0.7 2.5 6.1 40.1 9.3 19.7 4.1 4.6
2017-18 25 BOS 60 32.2 24.4 3.8 5.1 1.1 0.3 2.8 49.1 88.9 2.3 0.6 3.2 6.8 40.8 8.9 18.1 3.9 4.4
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Kyrie Irving NBA Stats – Recent Stat Breakdown
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Time Period G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
Last 7 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 14 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 30 Days 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Last 5 Games 5 26.2 21.4 4.8 5.0 1.0 0.2 3.0 56.5 93.3 2.6 0.6 4.2 6.2 48.4 7.8 13.8 2.8 3.0
Last 10 Games 10 29.0 22.8 4.4 5.7 0.9 0.1 3.3 52.5 90.6 2.4 0.5 3.9 7.3 45.2 8.3 15.8 2.9 3.2
Last 20 Games 20 31.7 24.9 4.6 5.3 0.8 0.2 3.2 50.7 89.4 2.3 0.5 4.1 7.4 43.2 9.0 17.7 3.8 4.3

 

2017-18 NBA Game Log   Kyrie Irving
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Date Opp SCORE MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO FGM FGA FTM FTA 3PM 3PA OREB DREB FOULS
Apr 20 @MIL 116-92 Did Not Play
Apr 17 MIL 120-106 Did Not Play
Apr 15 MIL 113-107 Did Not Play
Apr 11 BKN 110-97 Did Not Play
Apr 10 @WAS 113-101 Did Not Play
Apr 8 ATL 106-112 Did Not Play
Apr 6 CHI 111-104 Did Not Play
Apr 4 @TOR 96-78 Did Not Play
Apr 3 @MIL 106-102 Did Not Play
Mar 31 TOR 110-99 Did Not Play
Mar 28 @UTA 94-97 Did Not Play
Mar 26 @PHO 94-102 Did Not Play
Mar 25 @SAC 93-104 Did Not Play
Mar 23 @POR 100-105 Did Not Play
Mar 20 OKC 100-99 Did Not Play
Mar 18 @NOP 108-89 Did Not Play
Mar 16 @ORL 83-92 Did Not Play
Mar 14 WAS 124-125 Did Not Play
Mar 11 IND 97-99 16 7 4 1 1 0 3 3 6 0 0 1 3 1 3 0
Mar 8 @MIN 109-117 30 23 7 8 2 1 4 9 15 2 2 3 7 1 6 2
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Mar 5 @CHI 89-105 Did Not Play
Mar 3 @HOU 123-120 35 18 3 6 1 0 3 6 17 4 5 2 7 0 3 4
Feb 28 CHA 134-106 25 34 4 5 1 0 1 13 18 4 4 4 6 1 3 1
Feb 26 MEM 109-98 25 25 6 5 0 0 2 8 13 4 4 5 8 0 6 2
Feb 24 @NYK 112-121 35 31 9 8 2 0 2 11 22 3 4 6 12 1 8 1
Feb 23 @DET 98-110 29 18 5 6 1 0 1 7 14 0 0 4 9 0 5 2
Feb 14 LAC 119-129 38 33 1 8 1 0 4 11 21 6 6 5 7 0 1 3
Feb 11 CLE 99-121 26 18 3 5 0 0 2 7 14 3 4 1 7 0 3 0
Feb 9 IND 91-97 31 21 2 5 0 0 2 8 18 3 3 2 7 1 1 3
Feb 8 @WAS 104-110 33 28 5 6 1 1 3 9 19 9 10 1 5 0 5 0
Feb 6 @TOR 111-91 22 17 0 3 0 0 0 6 12 3 3 2 6 0 0 1
Feb 4 POR 97-96 Did Not Play
Feb 2 ATL 119-110 Did Not Play
Jan 31 NYK 103-73 Did Not Play
Jan 29 @DEN 110-111 37 27 3 6 1 0 2 11 17 3 3 2 4 0 3 4
Jan 27 @GSW 109-105 36 37 2 4 1 0 3 13 18 6 8 5 6 0 2 3
Jan 24 @LAC 102-113 28 20 8 7 1 0 1 7 16 4 4 2 8 0 8 0
Jan 23 @LAL 108-107 38 33 3 4 0 0 1 13 24 3 3 4 11 0 3 1
Jan 21 ORL 95-103 40 40 7 5 0 1 1 14 23 7 8 5 7 2 5 1
Jan 18 PHI 80-89 Did Not Play
Jan 16 NOP 113-116 41 27 7 2 2 0 6 8 24 6 7 5 12 1 6 2
Jan 11 @PHI 103-114 31 20 6 7 0 0 5 7 20 3 3 3 10 1 5 2
Jan 6 @BKN 85-87 38 21 6 4 0 1 0 8 22 3 4 2 6 1 5 1
Jan 5 MIN 91-84 37 16 9 8 2 0 2 6 16 3 4 1 4 1 8 4
Jan 3 CLE 102-88 28 11 9 6 1 0 2 5 14 1 2 0 5 0 9 2
Dec 31 BKN 108-105 34 28 8 2 2 1 4 10 21 4 4 4 10 1 7 3
Dec 28 HOU 99-98 38 26 4 4 2 1 6 9 18 7 8 1 6 3 1 3
Dec 27 @CHA 91-102 31 21 2 8 0 0 1 8 19 2 2 3 7 1 1 2
Dec 25 WAS 103-111 34 20 4 5 0 0 2 8 18 2 2 2 6 2 2 0
Dec 23 CHI 117-92 28 25 3 7 2 0 1 9 15 2 2 5 7 1 2 1
Dec 21 @NYK 102-93 37 32 3 4 1 0 1 12 27 2 2 6 15 0 3 2
Dec 20 MIA 89-90 37 33 4 5 1 1 3 11 24 8 8 3 9 0 4 1
Dec 18 @IND 111-112 29 30 1 4 0 0 3 12 23 1 2 5 8 0 1 4
Dec 16 @MEM 93-102 30 20 2 6 0 0 3 7 17 2 2 4 9 0 2 3
Dec 15 UTA 95-107 37 33 4 6 0 0 2 11 25 9 9 2 8 0 4 3
Dec 13 DEN 124-118 33 33 1 7 1 2 3 12 19 5 6 4 9 0 1 4
Dec 11 @CHI 108-85 Did Not Play
Dec 10 @DET 81-91 34 16 3 3 0 0 2 4 12 5 5 3 4 0 3 2
Dec 8 @SAS 105-102 36 36 1 1 1 0 1 13 21 4 4 6 10 1 0 2
Dec 6 DAL 97-90 32 23 2 5 0 2 4 10 18 2 2 1 6 1 1 2
Dec 4 MIL 111-100 34 32 4 1 2 0 3 13 24 4 5 2 4 1 3 2
Dec 2 PHO 116-111 31 19 0 5 2 0 3 8 14 1 1 2 3 0 0 1
Nov 30 PHI 108-97 32 36 4 3 0 0 2 12 21 7 8 5 8 1 3 1
Nov 27 DET 108-118 36 18 4 9 0 0 6 6 16 5 7 1 6 0 4 5
Nov 25 @IND 98-108 34 25 4 6 1 0 3 11 20 2 2 1 4 1 3 1
Nov 24 ORL 118-103 25 30 4 3 1 0 1 9 15 10 10 2 4 0 4 2
Nov 22 @MIA 104-98 33 23 1 3 3 0 1 11 22 1 4 0 3 1 0 2
Nov 20 @DAL 102-110 39 47 3 6 1 0 3 16 22 10 11 5 7 1 2 3
Nov 18 @ATL 99-110 31 30 4 5 0 1 4 10 12 5 5 5 6 0 4 3
Nov 16 GSW 92-88 34 16 5 6 1 1 1 4 16 7 8 1 5 0 5 2
Nov 14 @BKN 102-109 29 25 3 5 1 0 2 8 20 7 8 2 5 1 2 1
Nov 12 TOR 95-94 Did Not Play
Nov 10 CHA 90-87 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Nov 8 LAL 107-96 33 19 6 5 1 0 2 7 21 5 5 0 7 0 6 3
Nov 6 @ATL 107-110 37 35 3 7 0 0 2 14 22 3 4 4 10 0 3 3
Nov 5 @ORL 88-104 28 11 0 5 1 0 1 4 13 3 4 0 4 0 0 3
Nov 3 @OKC 94-101 34 25 5 6 2 1 0 10 22 2 3 3 7 1 4 1
Nov 1 SAC 113-86 27 22 0 5 4 0 2 8 17 2 2 4 9 0 0 1
Oct 30 SAS 108-94 30 24 2 6 3 1 1 10 16 1 1 3 7 0 2 3
Oct 28 @MIA 90-96 34 24 4 3 3 1 2 10 23 2 2 2 8 0 4 0
Oct 26 @MIL 89-96 35 24 3 7 2 1 2 10 18 2 2 2 4 0 3 3
Oct 24 NYK 110-89 30 20 3 7 1 0 3 5 13 9 9 1 5 0 3 2
Oct 20 @PHI 92-102 36 21 6 4 2 0 5 7 17 6 7 1 4 2 4 4
Oct 18 MIL 100-108 39 17 4 3 3 0 3 7 25 1 2 2 7 1 3 1
Oct 17 @CLE 102-99 39 22 4 10 3 0 2 8 17 2 2 4 9 2 2 4
Kyrie Irving Projections For Upcoming Games – Next 3 Days
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Kyrie Irving – Playing Time & Selected Stats

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True Shooting Percentage

61.0%

True Shooting % in 2017-18

In 2017-18, Kyrie Irving has a true shooting percentage of 61.0%.

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Kyrie Irving NBA Stats – Per 36 Minutes
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2011-12 19 CLE 51 36.0 21.8 4.4 6.4 1.2 0.5 1.7 46.9 87.2 3.7 1.0 3.4 4.2 39.9 8.1 17.3 4.0 4.5
2012-13 20 CLE 59 36.0 23.3 3.8 6.2 1.6 0.4 1.9 45.2 85.5 3.4 0.6 3.2 4.9 39.1 8.5 18.8 4.4 5.1
2013-14 21 CLE 71 36.0 21.3 3.7 6.2 1.6 0.3 1.8 43.0 86.1 2.7 0.8 3.0 5.0 35.8 7.7 17.8 4.2 4.9
2014-15 22 CLE 75 36.0 21.5 3.1 5.1 1.5 0.3 2.1 46.8 86.3 2.5 0.7 2.4 5.0 41.5 7.6 16.3 4.2 4.8
2015-16 23 CLE 53 36.0 22.5 3.4 5.4 1.2 0.4 1.8 44.8 88.5 2.7 1.0 2.4 5.7 32.1 8.5 19.0 3.6 4.1
2016-17 24 CLE 72 36.0 25.9 3.3 6.0 1.2 0.3 2.5 47.3 90.5 2.6 0.7 2.5 6.3 40.1 9.6 20.2 4.2 4.7
2017-18 25 BOS 60 36.0 27.3 4.2 5.7 1.2 0.3 3.1 49.1 88.9 2.6 0.6 3.6 7.6 40.8 10.0 20.3 4.3 4.9
Rest Of Season Projections 26 BOS 1 36.0 Subscribe now to see our 2017-18 rest of season projections for Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving NBA Stats – Totals
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Season Age Team G Min PTS REB AST STL BLK 3PM FG% FT% TO OREB DREB 3PA 3P% FGM FGA FTM FTA
2011-12 19 CLE 51 1558 944 191 275 54 20 73 46.9 87.2 160 44 147 183 39.9 350 747 171 196
2012-13 20 CLE 59 2048 1325 216 350 89 21 109 45.2 85.5 191 34 182 279 39.1 484 1070 248 290
2013-14 21 CLE 71 2496 1478 259 433 108 23 123 43.0 86.1 190 52 207 344 35.8 532 1237 291 338
2014-15 22 CLE 75 2730 1628 237 389 114 20 157 46.8 86.3 186 55 182 378 41.5 578 1235 315 365
2015-16 23 CLE 53 1667 1041 157 250 56 18 84 44.8 88.5 124 44 113 262 32.1 394 879 169 191
2016-17 24 CLE 72 2525 1816 230 418 83 24 177 47.3 90.5 180 52 178 441 40.1 671 1420 297 328
2017-18 25 BOS 60 1931 1466 227 306 65 17 166 49.1 88.9 140 33 194 407 40.8 534 1087 232 261
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Kyrie Irving NBA Advanced Stats
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Season Age Team G Min TS% eFG% AR TOR AST/TO EFF
2011-12 19 CLE 51 30.5 56.6 51.7 21.7 12.6 1.7 17.7
2012-13 20 CLE 59 34.7 55.3 50.3 20.1 11.0 1.8 20.0
2013-14 21 CLE 71 35.2 53.3 48.0 21.6 9.5 2.3 19.1
2014-15 22 CLE 75 36.4 58.3 53.2 19.7 9.4 2.1 19.9
2015-16 23 CLE 53 31.5 54.0 49.6 18.7 9.3 2.0 16.8
2016-17 24 CLE 72 35.1 58.0 53.5 19.3 8.3 2.3 22.4
2017-18 25 BOS 60 32.2 61.0 56.8 18.6 8.5 2.2 22.7
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Kyrie Irving: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Irving will undergo a second surgical procedure on his left knee and is expected to be sidelined four-to-five months, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe reports.

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Irving (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.

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Irving underwent surgery on his left knee Saturday and is expected to return to basketball activities in 3-to-6 weeks.

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Irving will undergo a procedure on his left knee over the weekend, Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports reports.

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Irving (knee) is expected to sit out the Celtics' upcoming four-game road trip, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports.

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Irving, who is out for Tuesday's contest against the Thunder, is expected to seek a second opinion on his knee soreness, possibly as soon as Wednesday, Tony Massarotti of 98.5 The Sports Hub reports.

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Irving (knee) has been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Thunder.

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Irving (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Pelicans, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports.

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Irving (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Pelicans.

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Irving (knee) is listed as out for Friday's game against the Magic.

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Irving (knee) underwent an MRI, the results of which were negative, and will travel with the team for their upcoming two-game road trip, Brian Robb of BostonSportsJournal.com reports. He's unlikely to play Friday against Orlando, however.

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Irving (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Wizards.

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2017-18

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2016-17

After missing the first 24 games of the season while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured kneecap, Irving initially struggled to regain his All-Star form, averaging 16.4 points and 3.8 assists while shooting 42.6 percent from the field and just 25.3 percent from three-point range through his first 20 games back. However, the dynamic point guard eventually hit his stride, posting averages of 21.6 points and 5.2 assists over the season's final 33 games. In that same span, Irving converted 46 percent of his field goals and 35 percent of his three-point attempts, helping the Cavaliers secure the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference. Irving was spectacular in the postseason, shooting nearly 48 percent from the floor and knocking down 44 percent of his treys. While he was relatively quiet in Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals, Irving put up 30.8 points, 4.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game over the remaining five games, headlined by a 41-point, six-assist performance in a Game 5 victory that sent the series back to Cleveland. Additionally, Irving memorably knocked down the game-winning three-pointer over the Warriors' Stephen Curry late in Game 7, solidifying his place as one of the NBA's premier point guards. On the heels of strong showing with the United States team in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Irving will enter 2016-17 as a candidate to make the leap toward true superstar status. While it would be foolish to underestimate LeBron James, it's reasonable to think the reigning Finals MVP could coast during the regular season, which would open the door for Irving to take on even more of a lead role offensively. If he can continue to score efficiently and return to being a 40-percent three-point shooter, Irving should have no problem reclaiming his spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.

2015-16

After three seasons of wallowing at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, Irving was able to enjoy a highly-successful season as LeBron James' wingman. The 6-3 guard played in a career-high 75 games and put up his best field goal percentage (47 percent) and three-point conversion rate (42 percent for 2.1 three-pointers per game) during the regular season with averages of 21.7 points, 3.2 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks. Irving was unable to stay away from the injury bug in the playoffs, and his first postseason ended in the opening game of the Finals with a fractured left kneecap. He is not expected to be ready for the start of the 2015-16 season, and injuries continue to be a concern for the fifth-year guard. It may be that coach David Blatt will need to monitor Irving's minutes since he played 36 per game last season. With Mo Williams and Matthew Dellavedova coming off the bench, Irving may be best served to play closer to 30 minutes rather than 35, so the three-time All-Star can survive the season unscathed. He is just 23 years old, so he should be able to continue to put up excellent numbers across the board when he's healthy, but that may not be until January.

2014-15

Kyrie Irving took a slight step back in his third year in the league in 2013-14, but the All-Star point guard steps into a new world this season with the addition of LeBron James to the squad. Irving played a career-high 71 games and averaged 35 minutes, quelling some of the durability concerns that had plagued him in his first two seasons. His averages of 20.8 points on 43 percent shooting from the field and 1.7 three-pointers on 36 percent shooting from long range were all down a tick from his second season. Irving also provided 3.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.5 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game. He hit 86 percent of his free throws. With James and Kevin Love on the team, Irving will need to adjust to not always being the focus of the offense and try to help his team in other ways beyond scoring. New coach David Blatt will try to install a Princeton-style offense that will encourage players to move without the ball, and Irving will need to adjust to his third coach in four years as well. There have also been concerns about Irving's lackadaisical perimeter defense, which will need to be shored up to help discourage opposing players from penetrating (since Cleveland does not have a great rim protector). On the plus side, playing with better teammates should allow Irving to take easier shots, so his shooting percentages may rise.

2013-14

In his first two seasons in the NBA, Kyrie Irving has displayed almost every quality you'd want to see in a top point guard. He's one of the quickest guards in the league. He sees the floor well and has an excellent feel for the game. He shoots from distance well enough (39 percent) to keep opposing defenses honest, which makes him even tougher to guard off the dribble. And while he isn't a great defender at this stage of the game, he has improved on that end of the floor and should take another step forward with defense-minded head coach Mike Brown taking over the Cavs this year. The only real area of concern is Irving's inability to stay on the floor; a variety of nagging injuries limited him to 51 games played as a rookie and 59 games last year. The addition of veteran guard Jarrett Jack may help Irving this year; Mike Brown is expected to play Irving off the ball at times, with Jack running the offense. That could boost Irving's scoring a bit and reduce some of the strain associated with playing point guard full time.

2012-13

The Cavaliers got an immediate return on their investment in Kyrie Irving, as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft looks like a real star--and future Olympian. Irving is lightning-quick, has outstanding handle and superior court vision for a player his age, which enabled him to post impressive averages of 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and shoot nearly 40 percent from three-point range. The fact that he dealt with several nagging injuries during the season makes those overall numbers even more impressive. Cleveland was involved in several potential Dwight Howard trades, but the only major addition they made this offseason is Dion Waiters (fourth overall pick), a poor man's Dwyane Wade type out of Syracuse. That means Irving--with Waiters and Tristan Thompson--will continue to be the focus of Cleveland's offense. Irving did suffer a hand injury while working out with Team USA's select team--the group of up-and-comers that scrimmages against Team USA before international competitions--but is expected to be completely healthy before training camp.

2011-12

The future of the Cavaliers, Irving will make a huge impact in his rookie season. Irving’s electrifying speed, great court awareness and exceptional ball-handling ability will be on display from the get go. He will be one of the top contenders for the Rookie of the Year award as he will produce solid steal, assist and point totals.