By Bradley Sturgeon @BradSturgeon1 on August 27, 2014
Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving has been improving his abilities and skills relatively quietly. His first three years in the NBA has been overshadowed by bad coaching, bad teammates, and uninterested fans longing for the return of the King. Irving has his eyes set on becoming one of the greatest players in the game, and this season will give him the platform to showcase his talent to the world.
Irving was named ROY after the 2011-12 season, and he has made two back-to-back All-Star appearances and received the MVP award for the Eastern Conference at the 2014 All-Star game in New Orleans. Irving has established himself as a great player, and will only get better with time and better people around him.
New head coach David Blatt will be a great addition for the improvement of Irving and others. His extensive wealth of knowledge will aid in bringing Irving's talents to a greater level. Blatt has spent his career elevating teams to new heights. He has been named Coach of the Year in Israel, Russia, and most recently this past year in the Euroleague. Irving has not had this highly esteemed of a head coach since coming into the league.
Irving is not only a part of Team USA Basketball, he's actually one of the centerpieces of the tremendous group of athletes. He was one of the few guys who was a lock for the final roster. Irving even started Team USA's last exhibition game against Slovenia. He will fine-tune his game even further by playing with and against the best players in the world. Nothing compares to the experience gained from playing for Coach K and Team USA.
Irving's success will be aided by having a reliable All-Star big man down low with the addition of PF Kevin Love. Irving will have a target that can consistently knock down shots all around the floor, so his assist numbers will inflate greatly. Love's presence also opens up the lanes for Irving to cut to the hoop because Love is the epitome of a stretch-four player. This combo will be very dangerous in the 2014-15 season.
LeBron James has always been a player who elevates those around him. Irving already plays at a high level, so the addition of James should only widen the scope of his capabilities. The trio of James, Irving and Love have the opportunity to be one of the most dominant groups to ever play together in the NBA. The stage is now set for Irving to get more national airtime and coverage, so its up to him to take advantage and seize the spotlight.
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