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Kyrie Irving is one of the great young basketball talents of this generation. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 193 pounds this 25-year-old won't be mistaken for a forward, but what he will do is score points by creating off the dribble-drive and prove the naysayers wrong who try to lay judgment on his game. Taken by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the number one pick in the 2011 NBA Draft Irving has shown flashes of being a super-star ever since before his time at Duke. Irving attended Montclair Kimberley Academy in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

In his first season with Cleveland Irving was named NBA Rookie of the year after averaging 18.5 points per game and 5.5 assists. In 2013 Kyrie was named to the All-Star game and also won the Three-Point Shootout Competition. In 2014 Irving won the All-Star game MVP, the FIBA World Cup MVP and the USA Male Basketball Athlete of the Year awards. Kyrie also won a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and his first NBA Championship in 2016. The Cavaliers lost in the NBA Finals this past season, but Irving was one of the main pieces in that successful journey to the championship series, if not the catalyst to the whole thing.

After being the main piece in Cleveland at first, the last few years Irving has played in the shadow of the best player on the planet who decided to come home, Lebron James. When Lebron shares the same court as you while wearing your jersey, the chances of being recognized as anything more than his sidekick are honestly non-existent at best. Irving was able to fight through that perception and average 25.2 points per game last season to go along with 5.8 assists as well.

In the 2017 offseason, Irving asked for and was granted a trade out of Cleveland saying he wanted to do his own thing and not live in someone else's shadow in Cleveland any longer. The Cavaliers had several offers but decided to accept the Boston Celtics offer which sent a hurt Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, Boston’s 2018 first-round pick (from New Jersey), the Cavaliers also received the Miami Heat’s 2020 second-round pick. The price paid for Kyrie's services was high, but the Celtics front office believes Irving is exactly what they need to bring their roster together now and in the future.

In six NBA seasons, Kyrie has averaged 21.6 points with 5.5 assists, 1.1 steals and 3.4 rebounds a game. Irving has managed to hit on 45.7% of the shots he's attempted and 87.3% of his free-throws since joining the league. 2017-18 should be a blossoming moment in Kyrie's basketball career as once again he will be the focal point of the offense on a contender.

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