Is Kyrie Irving overrated? #CavsRank is still going on, and number eight on the list is Kyrie Irving. Mallory Factor wrote an excellent piece on Kyrie for Cavs: the Blog, and it ignited quite a debate in the comments over there. Well, it wasn’t so much a debate as an outright revolt against the pick, with most of the comments feeling Kyrie in no way deserves to be ranked this high on the list.
On one hand, it does seem crazy that a guy who has yet to finish his 3rd season in the NBA would be considered the eight best player in team history. On the other hand, Kyrie has a list of individual accomplishments that few Cavaliers can match. Rookie of the Year, two time All-Star with one All-Star starter nod, All-Star Game MVP, three point shooting champion, Rising Stars MVP, three-time Rookie of the Month, two-time NBA player of the week. He’s 3rd in franchise history in career points per game, 8th in assists per game, and 2nd in player efficiency rating.
While he is still extremely young and his teams have not had much (any) success, the unfortunate reality is that the Cavaliers as a franchise simply don’t have a wealth of all time great players and Kyrie’s three seasons have been almost as good as anyone’s. The ranking system is a collaboration of a ton of Cavs writers that I really respect and, honestly, eight probably sounds about right to me for Kyrie. [Read more...]