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If you’re a Chicago Bulls fan you have probably been on edge ever since Derrick Rose tore his ACL about a year ago. But if you’re a Cleveland Cavaliers fan or just an NBA fan in general you have found another exciting, young and an up and coming superstar point guard in Kyrie Irving.
Both players have a lot of similar qualities. Both are virtually the same size and they both had great starts to their career. The only difference is that Kyrie has had the better career in his first two seasons statistically, but Rose had the better two first seasons if you look at it from a team standpoint.
The Cavs have only been able to come up with a record of 14- 34 so far but that hasn’t stopped Kyrie from blowing up in the NBA world. In his first season in the league last year Kyrie averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 1 steal in 30 minutes a game. Statistically his numbers were only a tiny bit better than Rose’s numbers his first season.
So far this season Kyrie has separated himself from Rose’s second season in the league. In fact, Kyrie’s numbers are very close to being the same averages Rose put up in his MVP season two years ago. So far this season Kyrie is averaging 24 points, 5.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 2 steals in 35 minutes a game. He is also shooting 47% from the field, 41% from downtown and 85% from the line. Those numbers outside of the assists are better than Rose in his second season.
The biggest reason why Kyrie has averaged 24 points a game and just 5 assists a game is because of the team he plays on. In his current situation he is called upon to shoot first and pass later. Kyrie’s ideal situation would be for him to pass first. I personally think he will become a better player than Rose. I think it is very realistic to think in a year or two he will average a double-double with while scoring 20-25 points a game while dishing out around 10 assists as well.
The Cavs may not be as good now as they were when LeBron James was in town, but the play of Kyrie has definitely helped soften that blow. He is the face of the franchise, a fan favorite and quickly becoming one of the most popular players in the game today. At 20 years old he has the potential to not only be the best point guard in basketball, but one of the best players in the league.