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2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: How Kyrie Irving Compares to John Wall and Derrick Rose - June 23


It's only natural to compare Duke and soon-to-be Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving to the Washington Wizards' John Wall and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose. After Thursday evening, it will mark three years in a row that a point guard went first overall, so this juxtaposition of the three franchise floor generals will continue on for many years.

Irving has been as good as advertised in his 11 college basketball games at Duke, similar to what John Wall brought to the floor at Kentucky in 2009-10. Offensively, he can do it all and shows a tremendous skill set for a young point guard.

Irving hung out with Wall at the NBA lottery, and met him during his official Kentucky visit. Irving articulated the advice Wall gave him.

"He just told me to keep my head high when I go through rookie ups-and-downs, and just enjoy the draft process," Irving revealed.



What about comparing himself to Derrick and John?

"I just try to emulate from afar, they're really special players, and I want to be as special, or close, in that range in my early career as they are right now," Irving said at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

Rose, along with Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul, are the players Irving watches closely as potential role models.

"Chris Paul is my favorite NBA player," Irving said. "The most important thing I try to emulate from Chris is the way he carries himself on and off the court. I just think he's a good person and a good NBA player."

Irving really has a mixture of attributes of a lot of NBA point guards but can probably closely be compared to Paul (not Wall or Rose). Irving is further along as a scorer at this point in his career but is not the distributor that Paul has become. Either way, this high of a comparison backs up my thought that Irving can be an elite NBA point guard like Paul.



Cleveland is both a city and a basketball team badly in need of a "face of the franchise."

"I definitely think about filling the void, but I just want to contribute as best I can and be as prepared as I can be," Irving said about the potential of being Cleveland's marquee player.

Irving has been to Cleveland twice for the Lebron Skills Academy, and he has a friendship with the self-ascribed "King."

Even though they play different positions, and their games are completely different, the fact that both will/have spent some time in the lime light as Cleveland's signature player means they will undoubtedly be compared to one another at some point. Look at all the unfair and unnecessary Rose-Michael Jordan comparisons out there.

Despite this, Irving is ready for the expectations.

"Duke definitely prepared me for this high profile moment," he said. "Even though it's a small gym. All eyes were on Duke for the 11 games I played."



Recent NBA Draft and Offseason Blog Entries:

2012 NBA Draft Outstanding Trades - 12/25
2011 NBA Offseason Winners - 12/23
2011 NBA Offseason Losers - 12/23
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/22
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/20
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/16
Chris Paul Trade Analysis - 12/15
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/14
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/10
2011 NBA Free Agency Signings Analysis - 12/9
Five Players Likely to Be Traded After NBA Lockout - 7/7
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Southwest Division - 7/6
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Northwest Division - 7/5
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Pacific Division - 7/3
Cavaliers-Kings Trade Recap - 7/1
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Atlantic Division - 6/30
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Central Division - 6/30
2011 NBA Free Agency: Allan Houston Rule - Southeast Division - 6/29
2011 NBA Draft Trade Recaps - 6/25
2011 NBA Draft: Bobcats-Kings-Bucks Three-Way Trade - 6/24
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: How Kyrie Irving Compares to John Wall and Derrick Rose - 6/23
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Is Kyrie Irving Ready to be a Franchise Point Guard - 6/23
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kemba Walker is the Most Undervalued Player in the Draft - 6/23
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Is Derrick Williams a Power Forward or Small Forward? - 6/22
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Wait, Kansas' Marcus and Markieff Morris are Twins??? - 6/21
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Jordan Hamilton Using Yoga to Help His NBA Draft Stock - 6/18
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Tristan Thompson Benefits from Weak Draft Class - 6/17
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kawhi Leonard's Versatility is His Biggest Asset - 6/14
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Chris Singleton is a Lottery Sleeper - 6/13
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Where Does JaJuan Johnson Fit in the NBA? - 6/11
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Kentucky's DeAndre Liggins Made Right Decision in Entering NBA Draft - 6/10
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Should a Marijuana Arrest Affect NBA Draft Stock? - 6/9
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Nolan Smith Has Different Identity On and Off Court - 6/7
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: John Wall Mentoring Darius Morris - 6/5
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Brandon Knight Worth Third Overall Pick? - 6/2
Rumor: Cavs, T-Wolves, Pistons Discussing 3-Way Trade - 5/29
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Josh Selby Putting Kansas Behind Him - 5/28
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Marshon Brooks Rising Up Draft Boards - 5/26
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Alec Burks Connected to Bobcats - 5/24
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Combine Measurements - 5/21
Thunder Really Likes Kyle Singler? - 5/21
2011 NBA Draft Combine Coverage: Day 1 - 5/20
2011 NBA Draft Lottery Odds Breakdown - 5/16
2011 NBA Free Agents - 5/3
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BigBlueFan 08-15-2012 08:49 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.59 (total posts: 2)
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Never Mind somehow I missed him.
BigBlueFan 08-15-2012 08:48 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.59 (total posts: 2)
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Hey Walt are you forgeting Anthony Davis???
Logan 08-09-2012 11:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.205 (total posts: 1)
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Gonna do one for dwight?
Jay 07-28-2012 04:30 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.114 (total posts: 1)
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I know that Ginobili is going back to the spurs but to have him 7th behind Iguodala, Smith and Jefferson is the dumbest thing I've ever seen!!!!!!!!!!!! This the same guy who tore threw the Team USA defense of James, Durant, and Bryant....
Jim Z. 07-23-2012 08:15 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.221 (total posts: 1)
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Mid first round pick? The Sixers are going to be a playoff team next year.
Miguel 07-23-2012 12:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.236 (total posts: 1)
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How are the lakers not a winner? Steve Nash brings them to at least championship contender which they weren't a year ago. They also picked up Antwan Jamison for the league minimum which will give their front court a legitament reserve. One more good move could make them the favorites over OKC.
CJ 07-23-2012 07:44 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.88 (total posts: 1)
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I believe you are the only on one the planet that thinks Dallas didn't completely fail in this offseason. They basically rolled the dice and crapped out.

Try mixing in a little reality with your opinions once in a while, but it's your site so we get what we pay for I guess.
Geiger 07-21-2012 09:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.110 (total posts: 1)
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While Houston did have bad signings and a suspect draft, the team did what it could to set its self up for the free agency period next year..Asik has shown signs of being a solid big Guy(as you fail to mention his MPG) and Lin, while being highly overrated, is a big name that will attract a player like JSmith, Harden, Bynum etc. I don't like their moves as of right now, but with two lottery picks and possibly two Max contracts signing on this might be one of the better offseasons of all time.

Love the site, keep it up.
Random bypasser 07-19-2012 12:55 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.60 (total posts: 2)
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Also the nuggets need a star and Howard would be a perfect fit for them and they have shooters around him and they could still use their amnesty on Richardson
Random bypasser 07-19-2012 12:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.60 (total posts: 2)
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Wouldnt it make sense 4 the nuggets to trade for dwight howard

Nuggets trade
Wilson Chandler
Andre Miller
JaVale McGee
2014 1st round pick
2015 1st round pick
2015 2nd round pick
2017 1st round pick

Magic trade
Dwight Howard
J.J. Redick
Jason Richardson

This makes sense because the nuggets drafted Evan Fournier(SG/SF) and Quincy Miller(SF) and have Jordan Hamilton(SF/SG) and Julian Stone(PG)(who the team is really high on) waiting in the wings. It also allows the magic to dump bad salary(Richardson,Redick) and still get some great players. Win win situation.
eli 07-12-2012 11:03 am xxx.xxx.xxx.133 (total posts: 1)
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dont the wolves own one more 1st rounder from the jazz from the Al Jefferson trade?
Mike 07-10-2012 09:58 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.150 (total posts: 1)
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No mention of Ray Ray to the Heat???
SunsFan 07-06-2012 02:18 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.183 (total posts: 1)
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Why the MOTHERF U C KING LAKERS!!!!!NASH WHY!!!!
CJ 07-05-2012 07:11 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.44 (total posts: 4)
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Again Banks is clueless, claiming Eric Gordon has already re-signed with New Orleans.

Also the 'Clippers' weren't involved in the Marvin Williams/Devin Harris trade. Does this guy even proof read anything he writes?

Atrocious.
abe 07-05-2012 08:39 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.87 (total posts: 1)
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walt eric gordon is signing with the suns not the hornets






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