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NBA Draft: Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving

Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:39 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2011 10:13 pm
Posted by Matt Moore

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With the first pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected Kyrie Irving, point guard, from Duke University.

Irving has been the top pick since last summer and after a brief dip after his injury in the winter, he returned to the top spot in a flurry of offensive firepower in the NCAA tournament. Irving gives Cleveland not just an athletic playmaking point guard with a jumper, but a franchise quality player with a humble attitude and great basketball IQ.

The question will be who the Cavs will build around Irving. Anderson Varejao is rumored to be being moved and with the No. 4 pick is expected to be used on a big man such as Jonas Valanciunas or Enes Kanter if available. Irving will function as both scorer and distributor for the team. He volunteered for a thorough physical to remove doubts about his toe and has been completely cleared.

Irving's closest comparison is Chris Paul, though he's not the player Paul was when he was drafted. Still, Irving is described by nearly every analyst as "special" and the kind of player the Cavs needed to get in order to kick off their rebuilding project. Landing the top pick with the lottery selection they got in a trade of Mo Williams to the Clippers, Irving represents what the Cavaliers hopes will be a change of luck for a notoriously fate-challenged franchise.

Irving's athleticism isn't of Calipari-point-guard caliber, but he also has a polished jumper and excellent vision. He's not elite at the level of John Wall, but he does have a great overall mix of abilities. Derrick Williams would have been a solid choice here, but Irving was simply the best player available. The question will be if he will reflect the overall quality of this draft, or if he truly is their franchise player to help rebuild the broken kingdom LeBron James left behind.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: June 23, 2011 10:01 pm

NBA Draft: Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving

Ah, the rich tradition of Duke players who are excellent college players, overhyped and then become mediocre NBA players continues.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:26 pm

NBA Draft: Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving


Bryan Colangelo GM of Toronto will be fired within a year.  Another foreign player.  Sorry for all of you Toronto Fans. 

Since: May 12, 2011
Posted on: June 23, 2011 8:16 pm

NBA Draft: Cavaliers select Kyrie Irving

As a Duke fan I loved Kyrie, but I didn't see much because of injury. When he was healthy he was a stud..We'll see what happens. Wish he would have stayed another year and played a full season.

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