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Kyrie Irving - PG, 6'3, 191
Cleveland Cavaliers - Drafted 1st overall in 2011
       Date of birth: 03/23/1992
       Country: USA/Australia
     Drafted (NBA): 1st pick, 2011
     Out of: Duke
  NBA Experience: 5 years
  Hand: Right

Date
League
Transaction
2011 NBA Draft NBA Drafted 1st overall by Cleveland.
9th December, 2011 NBA Signed four year, $23,198,010 rookie scale contract with Cleveland. Included team options for 2013/14 and 2014/15.
19th October, 2012 NBA Cleveland exercised 2013/14 team option.
23rd October, 2013 NBA Cleveland exercised 2014/15 team option.
10th July, 2014 NBA Signed a five year maximum value contract extension ($94,343,125) with Cleveland. Included player option for 2019/20.
When: Where:
2010 - 2011 Duke (NCAA)
June 2011 - present Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA)
From blog:


   The playoffs are about to start, and yet the Cavaliers are already blowing it
2017-04-13

The Cavaliers blew that Hawks game for a lot of reasons. LeBron's tiredness was one, their lack of depth another. Ultimately, though, the breakdown of their team dynamic was the key factor in how they gave up 59 points in 17 minutes and imploded on international television. And to that end, Kyrie Irving must take a lot of responsibility.

During the fourth quarter and overtime, Irving took a lot of bad shots. This is something he has started to do with increasing regularity, particularly at the end of games. Seemingly buoyed by the ridiculous, headlining shots that he made to win last year’s Finals, Irving now treats every close game as such. It is hard to remember a single pass he made in the fourth quarter and overtime of the Hawks game, aside from a couple of bad ones that led to turnovers. He wanted all the glory. Which means he must shoulder the burden of blame.

Taking bad shots in the fourth quarter relies on some luck, even with two great shot-making talents. Clamming up down the stretch of games is normal – a folly of the human condition, albeit a somewhat baffling one given that all our lessons in efficiency and team play do not suddenly stop being effective just because the clock got low – yet clamming up that badly is not. Kyrie’s continued desire to Heroball his way out of the clammy patches does more harm than good. Those shots, as good as he is, required a lot of luck. And why rely on luck? Making a few does not justify it. If it was the right way to play, why did the Cavaliers not do it for the first 36 minutes?

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   2011 NBA Draft Diary
2011-06-25

This is a particularly galling year for Dickie to be missing, for it's going to be a Duke laden draft. Kyrie Irving is the clearcut number 1 pick, and any pretense that says that a decision was still being made is what we in England refer to as "bollocks." Irving is the most complete player in the draft, and it is inevitable that he will be picked first.

Nevertheless, we are forced to dance the will-he-won't-he dance for a while. Indeed, a huge chunk of the half an hour preview show is dedicated to the Cavaliers drafting Irving, both talking about how great it will be, and how uncertain it all still is. ESPN went as far as sending Jeanine Edwards all the way to Ohio to go and stand outside the Cleveland war room, where the Cavaliers do the chivalrous thing and make her stand outside without telling her anything whatsoever. This all proves to be somewhat worth it for everyone except Jeanine, when Jon Barry claims that Cleveland "don't even need a point guard," subsequently invoking the names of Baron Davis, Ramon Sessions and Boobs Gibson. Jon Barry started as he meant to go on tonight.

Pick 1: After having 38 days to decide who to pick first overall, Cleveland are given five minutes to finalise a decision, which obviously they completely need. Jeff Van Gundy goes out of his way to tell Cleveland fans not to compare Kyrie Irving to LeBron James. They weren't. Jon Barry again cites the presence of Baron Davis as a hinderance. It isn't. Indeed, Baron has been nothing but good for Cleveland - acquiring his contract, and the unprotected pick that came with it, is what got them Irving in the first place. And if they really want to get rid of it later on, the inevitable amnesty clause would allow them do to so. If only the Clippers had thought of that.

Irving is finally selected, and he exchanges six alpha hugs with those around him, one of which is Derrick Williams. He is greeted by a very talkative Stern, geed up early from a round of vociferous booing, and is ushered off to meet Mark Jones, who is so far to the left of the stage that he's not even on it. Meanwhile, Heather Cox interviews Irving's dad, former Simpsons boxer Drederick Tatum, a moment that causes yet another forced LeBron comparison that no one is making. It goes without saying that Kyrie is not LeBron. But he is the most complete player in the draft, and he just went 1st overall. That feels normal.

Due to Irving's not-exactly-thoroughbred-but-it-counts Australian heritage, Australia is now one of only two non-US nations to have had two number 1 overall picks, the other being Nigeria, which can boast Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Olowokandi. Michael Olowokandi was a bust, but drafting Michael Olowokandi would have been better that gifting the pick away for nothing, like the Clippers just did. I don't think enough is being made of this. They traded the first overall pick in a salary dump. They didn't even want the two players they got back, Jamario Moon and Mo Williams. This is much worse than the Otis Thorpe/Darko Milicic deal of 1997 and 2003. We must stress this more.

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   Sham's unnecessarily great big draft board: Point Guards
2011-06-22


You'd look happy if you were about to go first overall, too.


Kyrie Irving - Irving is this draft's most complete player, which is why he will inevitably be the first overall pick. His Duke career didn't last very long - Irving played the first eight games of the campaign, before suffering a broken foot that would normally have led to a medical redshirt. However, be it due to "heart," or an implicit acknowledgement that this was always going to be his only college season - or both - Irving came back ahead of schedule and made it back in time for the NCAA tournament.

Irving's season averages are not overwhelmingly dominating - 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 2.5 turnovers and 1.5 steals in 27.5 minutes per game. They are certainly impressive, though, and none is more impressive than his sheer efficiency. Irving shot 53% from the field, 90% from the line and 46% from three point range, and while much of his time was spent against non-conference opposition, it was against some damn good non-conference opposition.

In the 11 games Irving played as a Dukie, only four games were cakewalks; Hampton, Colgate, Oregon, and Miami Ohio. The rest of his games came against Princeton (a tournament team, if not on the level of others), Butler, Michigan State, Michigan, Arizona, Marquette and Kansas State. This meant matchups against decent-to-good defenders such as Shawn Vanzant, Shelvin Mack, Jacob Pullen, Darius Morris, Kalin Lucas, Keith Appling, Doug Davis and Momo Jones, amongst others. And yet in those seven games, Irving averaged 19.4 points, 4,7 assists and 1.6 steals on 51% shooting.

A point guard with adequate size, good speed, a 70% true shooting percentage and a 36.2 PER ticks every box. Irving handles, run the offense, defends well, takes only good shots, sets up, creates, scores in the clutch, shoots, drives and leads. He is miles and miles ahead of the curve, even if average size and physical tools supposedly limit his upside. (And they haven't for Chris Paul.) It matters not if he is better as a scorer than a passer - Irving reads the game like a point guard, and makes only good decisions. If there are any flaws, they have not been exposed yet.

But what will be exposed, allegedly, is Kyrie Irving exposed. Another year, another NBA genitals drama.

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