The Cleveland Cavaliers are not aired on National television often. But last night when the Cavaliers took on the New Orleans soon-to-be Pelicans, Cavs point guard Kyrie Irving showed the nation just how talented he is.
Irving took over in the 4th quarter and scored 20 of his 35 points in the most crucial quarter even after beginning the 4th on the bench. Irving made jumper after jumper and drove to the rim as he pleased. Irving demonstrated his incredible ball-handling and explosiveness creating angles that prior to his drives did not exist. He even picked up two crucial rebounds with less then three minutes to go and took a charge from Hornets center Robin Lopez.
Move over Blake Griffin, move over James Harden, move over Russell Westbrook. Kyrie Irving, the new King of Cleveland, is now the King of the 25 and Under Club. Even though these three players above are incredibly talented young players. Kyrie Irving is just as good if not better and he is still only twenty years old, the youngest in the group.
Last season Irving had a good season averaging 18.5 points per game, shooting 46% from the field and 39% from three. And even though he only played 51 games he, these numbers still were good enough to reward him with a rookie of the year award.
This season Irving has been incredible. He is the sixth leading scorer in the league, averaging 24 points, shooting 47% from the field and 42% from three. Irving’s true shooting percentage is 52% which is a statistic that takes into account field goal percentage, three point percentage, and free throws. He is the 6th leader scorer in the entire league averaging 24 points per game, playing at least three less minutes then the five guys with higher averages.
Irving is also showing no sign of fatigue. He scores an average of 22 points per game on the second game of a back to back. 23 when he has one day off and 24 when he has two games off. Irving is still so young and talented he will only become a better scorer in the future.
Not surprisingly the city of Cleveland has rallied around Irving, and Irving has embraced Cleveland averaging more points and assists at home then on the road.
Irving is already a top five point guard and the best ball handler in the league. He can go to the rim when he wants. He knock down jumpers when he wants. He can break his opponents ankles when he wants (see Brandon Knight try to guard Irving in the BBVA rising stars game).
Irving is the new face of Cleveland and a potential draw for LeBron if he wants to come back to his home city two years from now.
Irving is by far the leagues best young player, and already a near superstar and one of the leagues best players.
Even though the Cavs are not a very good team, yet, they are improving drastically and incredibly entertaining and Kyrie Irving, the New King of Cleveland, is the reason why.