It’s been a long, difficult road to recovery since LeBron James‘ untimely departure ultimately led to the Cleveland Cavaliers‘ demise coming quicker than anybody had previously imagined. When James said, “I’m taking my talents to South Beach,” another part of Cleveland’s hearts broke. After a few seasons of horrific performances and many changes, could Cleveland superstar Kyrie Irving take them back to old horizons once again?
It looks like the 2013-14 season will be one filled with improvement, but can Irving cement himself as an elite NBA superstar and take the Cavaliers to the NBA playoffs? When Irving was drafted in 2011 the NBA world knew he had endless talent, but they also knew he was an easy injury risk. Whatever happens in the rest of this long season the fans will love Irving regardless. However, what we’re wondering is will he raise his game to the next level or will he spend more time on the sidelines due to unwanted injuries?
Irving’s second season showed the tremendous growth he’s had already in his short career. Whether it was his crossover against Brandon Knight, his stunning All-Star Weekend, or the way he held his franchise together on countless of occasions, Irving proved that he can go toe-to-toe with the greatest in the game today. This year the Cavaliers have recruited help in the form of Andrew Bynum, Earl Clark, Jarrett Jack and others, which makes you wonder, will Irving fall into the darkness, or will the new guys help him raise his game once again?
Although the 2013-14 season is only four games old, some have already been quick to claim that Irving is having a quiet year. Nonsense. The talented point guard has averaged 18.0 ppg, 7.0 apg and 5.4 rpg. Considering the huge amount of change this team has undergone, and the fact that he has genuine help, these stats are pretty impressive. When looking back to last season there are countless of Irving highlights, and a year from now there are bound to be just as many if not more.