Kyrie Irving: The Next Great Fantasy Basketball Point Guard
When Kyrie Irving was selected first overall in the NBA Draft last year by the Cleveland Cavaliers, everyone expected him to make an easy transition to the professional level. However, no one expected him to pick it up this quickly.
The former Duke Blue Devil averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.1 steals in his rookie campaign, as he greatly surpassed any expectations. Irving is very decisive around the basket and certainly showed that he can finish, as he scored 25 points or more in nine of his 51 games.
At 6’3″, Irving has great size for a point guard, and he is actually taller than both All-Star point guards Chris Paul (6’0”) and Rajon Rondo (6’1”). Irving has an amazing combination of speed and strength, which makes it impossible for defenders to keep him in front of them.
“K-Dog” also shot 87.2 percent from the free throw line and a respectable 39.9 % from the perimeter; most point guards are strong shooters, but it is something that gets developed throughout their career. Irving appears to have already perfected his shot within his first year in the pros, so he is already way ahead of the curve in that respect.
Irving is not only the future of the Cavaliers; he is also the future of the point guard position in fantasy as well. He can score in bunches, but also add a steady number of assists. Irving has the skills to average 20 points and eight assists a game this year, and the scary thing is that the 20-year old will only get better as he matures. He is the ultimate keeper in any sort of dynasty leagues, so get him now before he become as untouchable as LeBron James.
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