Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is going to have a busy weekend coming up.
Irving, one of the best point guards in the league, will be playing in two games during the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend, and will also be taking part in the three-point shooting contest.
His first game of the weekend will be the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which will feature many of the top first-year and second-year players in the NBA. This year, 20 percent of the team’s roster will be made up by Cavaliers, as the young Wine and Gold players grabbed four of the 20 spots. The Cavaliers joining Irving in the game will be Dion Waiters, Tyler Zeller and Tristan Thompson. Waiters, Zeller and Irving will be part of a TEAM SHAQ, while Thompson will be part of TEAM CHUCK.
In last year’s Rising Stars Challenge, Irving scored 34 points and was named the game’s MVP.
Irving’s second game will be the biggest event of the weekend, the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.
This will be Irving’s first time in the All-Star game, and it is an honor that he definitely deserves. This season, he is averaging 23.9 points per game while shooting 47 percent from the field. He is also recording 5.4 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
The second-year guard is also a dynamic player who makes big plays in clutch moments. Irving is great at driving to the rim and finishing in traffic, especially in the fourth quarter. He also has a solid jump shot and is not afraid to take shots in big moments. He has already hit numerous big shots for the Cavaliers in his young career, and he is definitely a star.
Irving’s third event of the weekend will be the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, which will be part of All-Star Saturday night. Irving is shooting 42.9 percent from behind the three-point line this season, which is the 10th highest rate in the league and the second highest percentage for point guards. He has also hit several clutch three-point shots this season, including a dagger from the top of the key late in the fourth quarter of the Cavaliers recent win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Irving is one of the best players in the league, but because he is playing for a team with one of the worst records in the league, he has not gotten much attention yet.
All-Star weekend, which will be held Feb. 15-17 in Houston, will give Irving the opportunity to showcase his skills to a national audience. He is a special player, and All-Star weekend could be a national coming out party for him.