July 30, 2014

Kyrie Irving Selected As Eastern Conference All-Star Reserve

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.

Related: I’m Kyrie: Irving Makes History on 40-Point Night

  • Kildawg

    At least the NBA All-Star selection isn’t completely broken since Kyrie made it. Like the fact that Brooklyn got blanked (forgot to mention Joe Johnson in the list) when some expected 2 or 3. Hear this ESPN: Cleveland will no longer be the butt of your jokes! Pick on another city like Detroit and/or Pittsburgh and/or Philadelphia.

  • JeBron_Lames

    That stat about All-Stars 21 and under is incredible. Kyrie and Cleveland both deserve it.

  • Jaker

    First of many. Congrats kid.

  • Jay

    No doubt. That list is all HoF too.

  • FearTheRoo

    The only questions are…can he stay healthy and how many All Star appearances will be with Cleveland?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    Way to go Uncle Drew! I might actually watch the all-star game this year. As we saw in the rookie/sophomore challenge, Kyrie loves to put on a show.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Brook Lopez should have made the team imo.