Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving has been nothing short of phenominal in his second year with the team and was recently named to the Eastern Conference All-Star Team as a reserve–which he clearly deserves.
For a player who happens to be just 20-years-old, Irving’s stock has been on the rise this season as he’s quickly emerging into one of the league’s top guards and if his first two seasons are any indication of what to expect–the former Duke standout has a bright future ahead of him in the NBA. Not only is Irving averaging 24.2 points per game to go along with 5.6 assists so far this season, but he’s averaging 31.2 points over his last five games.
With these types of numbers–it’s no wonder Irving earned a spot as a reserve on this year’s All-Star roster for the Eastern Conference.
Cleveland is still another year or two away from being contenders again as they continue to rebuild from the departure of LeBron James and despite looking impressive at times during the 2012-13 season, it’s safe to say injuries have prevented this team from living up to their true potential.
Irving is clearly the type of player worthy of building a franchise around and he seems like he’s only going to get better and better with more experience in the NBA. If you think he’s a phenominal player at 20, just wait a couple of years as it wouldn’t be a surprise to see his name in the mix of MVP talks.
Then again–let’s just take it one season at a time and focus on him earning a spot for All-Star Weekend this year.
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