2011 Draft Prospect Profile - Kyrie Irving
|Kyrie Irving had his season cut extremely short by injury and only played eight regular season games, averaging 17.4 ppg and 5.1 apg in that time. He returned to the team for the NCAA Tournament and played three more games, averaging 17.7 points and 2 assists per game.|
What they're saying:
Draft Express: His above average size and strength, coupled with his under control demeanor and ability to use both hands equally well around the basket makes him a phenomenal finisher once at the rim.
ESPN: Irving may have only played 11 games this season, but he enters the draft as the odds on favorite to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. Irving is one of the most complete prospects in the draft. He has speed, quickness and range on his jumper. He's excellent penetrating to the basket, sees the floor well and is a leader on the court. He's not particularly elite in any one category, but the overall package is pretty impressive.
NBADraft.net: A “true” PG with a great feel for the game … Charismatic player with the imagination and mindset to become a standout PG at the NBA level , “has a chance to be special”… A facilitator who shows the ability to make those around him better … Great vision and passing skills … Great burst. Has the blow by speed to get past defenders off the dribble … Good decision maker. Looks to make the right play instead of always trying to dazzle … Doesn’t force shots or overdribble (improved this in his limited time at Duke) … Excellent shooter with the ability to get shots within the flow of the offense … Jumpshot has great form … Has range out to NBA three and just needs time to gain consistency on it … Good one on one skills … Can pull up off the dribble … A strong finisher exhibiting good body control … Ambidextrous with the dribble, showing impressive ability to go to the left and finish with his off hand … Has excellent ball handling ability with a nasty crossover … High motor kid who gets strong reviews for his character and work ethic … Has a good wingspan and big hands which are obviously positive attributes … Very efficient shooter : 53% fg, 90% ft, 45% 3p … Solid defender with adequate size. Gets low, fundamental, doesn’t gamble too often. Plays the passing lanes well (1.5 spg)
MyNBADraft: A very smooth and fluid operator on the court. Irving will be handed the keys to Duke's offense from day1. I am very impressed at how he runs a team so precise at such a young age showing the IQ and leadership qualities that makes a successful point guard. He has a fearless mentality while constantly staying in attack mode and doesn't let up at any point during the game. At first glance, he doesn't appear to be very athletic but make no mistake about it, he has tremendous leaping ability and on occasions shows the flair for dramatics. Probably needs to bulk up a little but loves to draw contact while penetrating. A solid outside shooter with nice shot mechanics and range out to the NBA three.
NBA Draft Depot: A product of St. Patrick's in New Jersey, Kyrie Irving's NBA star grew even before playing for Duke. Most notably, in May 2010, Coach Krzyzewski said, "We'll change our whole offense, the way we play because of Kyrie. Just like we did when we had Jason Williams, he'll make a big impact right away. He's going to be very, very good." Even with such high expectations, Irving may exceeded them early as a freshman as he averaged 17 points, 5 assists, and 4 rebounds through his first eight games, including an 31 point effort against Michigan State. Unfortunately, he suffered a ligament injury to his toe in early December, leaving him in a cast until early February. As of now, there are questions as to whether Irving will play against this season. Perhaps more importantly, how will Irving's draft stock be influenced by his injury? Undoubtedly, Irving is still a top-5 talent.