If you haven’t already purchased a ticket for the Kyrie Irving bandwagon, you might want to go ahead and do so. The Cleveland Cavaliers’ second-year point guard has one of the brightest futures of any young player in the NBA.
So what happens when a burgeoning superstar like Irving takes the court at Jamal Crawford’s pro-am game in Seattle? Awesomeness is what happens:
Over his young career we have already seen Kyrie embarrass NBA defenders with his handles, passes and speed, so it’s not really surprising that he’s able to absolutely annihilate a lower level of competition. However, that doesn’t make it any less fun to watch him shammgod those lesser opponents into oblivion or completely perplex them with behind-the-back passes.
In just his second NBA season last year, Irving played in 59 games for the Cavs and looked the part of a star in the making. He averaged 22.5 points, 5.9 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 34.7 minutes per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the floor and 39.1 percent from three.
With all of the skills that Irving has, it’s pretty clear at this point that Cleveland made the right decision in selecting him first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. However, it’s more than just his fantastic play that has to get the Cavs excited; his showmanship also has to have the organization salivating.
This league is full of talented players, but not all of them have the ability to completely resonate with fans. Whether it is from crossing up his opponents or from his Uncle Drew cameos, Irving undoubtedly has that ability. Even in the pro-am video, the fans are going wild watching him put in work. Irving is the total package and Cleveland has to feel lucky he’s in their corner.