NBA GM’s vote Irving 2nd most likely player to have breakout season

Cleveland Plain Dealer Cavs’ beat writer Mary Schmitt Boyer reported NBA General Managers voted Cavs’ point guard, Kyrie Irving the second most likely player to have a breakout season in 2012-13.

Irving finished tied for second in the vote with San Antonio Spurs’ swingman, Kawhi Leonard. Golden State shooting guard, Klay Thompson finished first.


Thompson (15.3 PPG, 2.0 APG, 2.4 RPG) shot 41.4% from behind the arc last year, first among all rookies.

Leonard played 24 minutes a game for the Western Conference finalist Spurs, and started every game during their their franchise record 20 straight wins.

Irving was the 2011-12 Rookie of the Year, averaging 18.5 PPG, 5.4 APG, and 3.7 RPG.

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  • CJJ

    Didn’t Kyrie already have a breakout season ???

  • Luke Stavole

    I think that is probably why he didn’t get first. I would imagine plenty of GMs feel like he already is here instead of up an coming. He still could really improve on his first season however.

  • Tha

    He had a great season, but if he could up his numbers to 23 and 8 (elite) and play average defense, he’d be among the most improved in the league.

  • mgbode

    yes, he had a great season “for a rookie”

    now, we want to see him have a great season.

  • Chucky Brown

    I know its early, but whats the current feeling on whether TT was a better pick then Kawhi or Klay?
    Id love to see Kawhi as our 3, but I also know the Spurs have a way of making player appear better then they are (aka Danny Green)
    Im still on the fence but would love for Tristan to push me far on to his side this year

  • theroller

    Ky needs to step up on D, he already showed his offensive capabilities. If he can play at the level he did last year and bring the team along with him the Cavs will exciting this year.