HoopsHype recently listed the top twenty-five Point Guards in the league and Kyrie Irving appears on the list at number eight. While there are some head scratchers on this list, they certainly got Irving right about his rankings.
Even without having played many games last season, Irving is still one of the top scoring guards in the league. He can score on all three levels and he is a danger to stop in the pick and roll. Not to mention his Iverson-esque ball skills and killer crossovers.
HoopsHype’s point guard ranking reasoning for Irving:
Irving has many who consider him the best dribbler basketball has ever seen.
Add to that his dime-mark marksmanship, his off-bow reach and his layup package – one that will allow him to easily finish with both hands and between the trees – and it’s easy to see why he’s considered one of the most gifted scorers that the lead-guard spot has ever produced.
If the constant noise off the field with Irving wasn’t so boisterous, he would certainly have finished higher in this ranking. After all, despite the drama, Irving still racked up 27.4 points, 5.8 assists and 1.4 steals in 2021-22 while shooting 41.8 percent from three.
The big problem keeping Irving from moving up the list is himself. Sometimes he gets in the way of his own success and sometimes he is not as committed as he could be. At his best, however, he is not far from number one. The biggest problem, of course, is keeping him on the basketball court. The seven names before him can all remain on the pitch, so it’s an accurate ranking.
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