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Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:22 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 5:25 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young



It looks like the Cavs definitely have a little something to tank for now. Duke has announced that guard Kyrie Irving will enter the NBA draft.

Irving isn't a sure thing to go No. 1 overall because it'll depend a bit on who gets the top pick (what if it's the Wolves -- would they dare?) but he is the agreed upon best player on the draft.

In CBSSports.com's first mock draft, Irving is going first overall to the Cavs. Ben Golliver wrote:
When you're as desperate as Cleveland is in the wake of LeBron James's departure, reliability is the surest route to a comeback. Kyrie Irving is the risk-free pick at the top: He clearly has an NBA position, he has his head on his shoulders, he displays all the leadership qualities and intangibles to build around, and he can shoot the rock. The Cavaliers have needs everywhere but they need to walk before they can run. A reasonable best-case scenario in the short term is that Irving blossoms to carry a lesser cast to big things, a la a young Chris Paul; The worst-case is that you have a solid floor general locked in for years to come.
He's a 6-2 point guard from New Jersey and despite playing in just 11 games because of a toe injury, Irving displayed a wide range of ability in the NCAA tournament. In those 11 contests he averaged 17.5 points 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists a game while shooting better than 50 percent from the floor and 46 percent from 3.

In Duke's final game of the tournament, Irving scored 28 against Arizona for the Blue Devils.

Again, it's not a sure thing that Irving will go No. 1, but he definitely will be the best available player. A lot of the bad teams though are sort of settled at point guard, so it'll be interesting to see what happens if Washington or Sacramento (depending on your perspective of Tyreke Evans) or New Jersey lands it. If Cleveland or Toronto win the lottery, I'm sure it's a no doubt situation.

The draft is June 23 in New York City.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Dec 27, 2006
Posted on: April 16, 2011 1:07 am
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

Jay Williams started 39 games and won a NCAA championship as a sophomore. He won ACC and National rookie of the year, then National player of the year, then The Naismith and Wooden award. He was a freakin stud going in to the NBA. HE WAS READY for the NBA. Irving has accomplished nothing. He scored 28 points in a game that was the worst loss of the season for his team. His games lacks defense and intensity. I don't recall a Kryziewski player being any worse defensively. He may be offensively talented but he is an example of a player who should play another year in college. He won't be a No. 1.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

Ok, "hand checking" is a heck of a lot better than "Physical play"



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 5:33 pm
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

I wouldn't call it "physical play", but Duke does get away with A LOT of hand checking... Sorry, Yawk.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:33 pm
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

 But my problem with the BB TEAM is that referees (in and out of conference UNTIL the NCAA tournament) seem to allow EXTREME physical play from Duke's players without calling fouls.

Here we go again with people saying Duke gets all the calls.  You have to be kidding me claiming Duke gets away with "extreme" physical play.

I figured KI was going to bounce to the NBA but I was hoping he would stay because of Austin Rivers and the fact that he didn't get to play many games this year due to injury.  Doesn't change the fact that he is NBA ready, I just wish he would have stayed.



Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

phootballphan... When did KI kick UNC's a$$ THIS year? Hahahahaha!! Like I said, I just like watching those Dukies freak out.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

There are no empirical facts that back up your point. The statistics, in fact, prove otherwise. Please come up with something new. Thank you



Since: Jul 19, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:49 am
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

Irving is a slick Chris Paul clone with a slightly better jumpshot, this is  a perfect fit for a team in need of an identity and a player that can build around with great character.  I think the Cavs should select him and go risky with another pick in the first round. 



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 11:33 am
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

The own thing Rivers is going to own is the title of "selfish ballhog". I hope you enjoyed watching your Dukies play within the flow of the offense over the years because you sure won't see it next season.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: April 7, 2011 6:29 am
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

As a Duke fan I am sad to see him go and dissapointed, but it is his life not mine. I understand, he will be awesome in the NBA eventually. We are getting Quinn Cook who is no Irving but SOLID and skilled at PG, he can dish it to Rivers who will own everyone.... Duke will be fine, good luck Irving!



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: April 7, 2011 2:44 am
 

Likely No. 1 Kyrie Irving to enter NBA draft

No, none of you have six figure salaries. 
People who have that money don't advertise it. Sorry guys. Enjoy the 42K a year. 


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