NBA Draft Disaster: Is Kyrie Irving Just the Next Stephon Marbury?

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Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Photo Courtesy of Keith Allison, licensed through Flickr via Creative Commons

Kyrie Irving was the No. 1 draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. After spending a single year at Duke University, where he only appeared in eleven games due to an ankle injury, Irving was nonetheless selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers to be the new face of a franchise that was reeling from losing LeBron James to free agency. Irving, who had ended up on the Cavaliers due to the Baron Davis/Mo Williams trade, has lead the Cavs to a 93-202 record since he joined the organization.

Undoubtedly a tremendous offensive talent, Irving has been showered with accolades and awards. To writ, he’s been a two-time All-Star, a Rookie of the Year, All-Star MVP, and a first-team All-Rookie member. There’s also a 15 minute video for his (offensive highlights) on Youtube. It’s pretty awesome.

After you’re done watching that, though, take a look at this. These are the numbers for three star point guards in their third NBA season. All numbers pulled from basketball-reference.com.

  • Player A: 21.3ppg/2.9rpg/8.9apg/ 42 percent-FG, 79 percent-FT, 33 percent-3PT, 20.8 PER, and 5.3 win shares
  • Player B: 21.6ppg/7.0rpg/6.4apg/ 41 percent-FG, 77 percent-FT, 32 percent-3PT, 19.1 PER, and 4.4 win shares
  • Player C: 21.4ppg/3.3rpg/6.3apg/ 42 percent-FG, 86 percent-FT, 36 percent-3PT, 20.3 PER, and 5.5 win shares

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