Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Kyrie Irving Leaves for the NBA

Getting big time recruits is nothing new for Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils, but getting them and having them go one and done is something the program is not used to. The 6' 2" guard announced today that he will enter the NBA draft after playing just a portion of his freshman year at Duke due to a foot injury. Irving was electric when he was on the court for Duke. He came back after the injury and played some in the NCAA tournament, but he was not the dominant player he was to begin the year. He knew he wasn't coming back so he obviously wanted to show case his skills in the biggest tournament college ball had to offer before he left. That move didn't hurt his stock with the NBA scouts. Many project him be the top overall draft pick in the 2011 Draft. I think he can be a good NBA player, but I am not sure the kid will be great. He certainly could be the second coming of CP3, and that is what NBA execs are hoping for . I think if you are the Cleveland Cavs you could take a player like Kyrie and it's not a bad pick at all. The Cavs are a bad team without a franchise PG. They would also be very patient with the young PG as they build their team post Lebron James. There are alot of other good players that could go number one, but Kyrie Irving is certainly in the discussion. The fantasy success of Irving year one will depend on who ends up taking him, but if it is the Cavs he should be drafted somewhere around the 4th-6th round much the way John Wall was in 2010, because the minutes will be there and so will the shots. Cleveland you are on the clock.

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