His name was the last one that flashed on the TNT screen, but Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is heading to Houston for his first All-Star game. Irving becomes just the 7th NBA All-Star selection under the age of 21, a list that includes Isiah Thomas, Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett, and Shaquille O’Neal.
Other selections from the East were Phiadelphia’s Jrue Holiday, Chicago’s Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, New York’s Tyson Chandler, Indiana’s Paul George, and Miami’s Chris Bosh. Some notables left off the list include New York’s J.R. Smith, Brooklyn’s Deron Williams and Brook Lopez, and Chicago’s Carlos Boozer.
Kyrie is averaging 23.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists, and 1.7 steals per game while shooting 46.7% from the field, 39.5% from three point range, and 84.1% from the foul line in 32 games while posting a 22.2 PER. He becomes the team’s first All-Star since 2010 (LeBron James). The only doubt that crossed the mind of the Eastern Conference’s coaches was the team’s 12-31 record when it came to selecting the Cavaliers point, but his 40 point effort against the Celtics could have just put him over the top.
Kirk Lammers grew up on the Marblehead Peninsula and is a graduate of THE Ohio State University. He now lives in Northeast Ohio, and you can find him at the ballpark, at the Q, or far too often on Twitter (@WFNYKirk)."