LeBron James is in the talk for MVP every season, but the King is looking at his prodigy as someone who can shake up the voting.
Kyrie Irving put the world on notice with a dazzling display of heroics during the 2016 NBA Finals. He showed he’s much more than a magician with the basketball, and his offensive game is so polished for a player who’s only 24.
According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron-Beacon Journal, the four-time MVP wholly believes Uncle Drew can take home the most prestigious individual award:
Why not? His ability to lead a team and his ability to score and get guys involved, we’re going to continue to improve as a team, we’re going to be right up there with the league leaders in wins, so why not?
I think the sky’s the limit for the kid. He’s only (24) years old … He hasn’t even gotten to his prime yet.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have sprung out to a 3-0 record to start the season, and Irving has been nothing short of spectacular. With an average of 25 points per game, he’s the team’s leading scorer and is knocking down 46 percent of his shots. His three-point stroke has been lights-out, but Irving has looked significantly worse when getting around the basket.
Usually, it’s almost automatic when he gets into the paint no matter what the angle, but the 24-year-old has knocked down just 46 percent of his layups after having a conversion rate of 57 last year. As the season goes on, Irving will get into a groove, and he’s simply too great of a player to miss so many easy shots.
The only foreseeable thing impacting his MVP candidacy is that he isn’t the primary ball handler for the Cavaliers. James is in total control of Cleveland’s offense, and I’d like to see Irving create more for others while keeping an inflated scoring total–after all, it’s evident that a player’s stats are weighed more heavily than their value when voting for MVP.
Right now, the Ankletaker sits at tenth overall in points per game, and he’s more than capable of sustaining that average throughout the season. He won’t be able to keep up with his current three-point percentage, though, and Irving will need to clean up his game inside the perimeter.
The one thing that’s paramount to everything else is Irving’s health. Kyrie has never received any votes for MVP, but he’s also never played more than 75 games in a season. If he can stay healthy and James constantly looks his direction, it could be the year Irving steals some MVP votes.
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