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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Kyrie Irving




Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
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2011 NBA Draft Scouting Report: Kyrie Irving


Position: Point Guard

Size: 6-2, 175

School: Duke, Freshman


Strengths:
  • Unselfish and mature for a young point guard
  • Great passer
  • Outstanding handles
  • Quick change of direction dribble
  • Playmaking abilities
  • Has an extra gear when he drives to the hoop
  • Creative finisher
  • Excels in transition
  • Court vision
  • Solid outside shooter
  • Free throw shooting
  • Mid-range and pull-up jumper
  • Can be a pesky on-the-ball defender



    Weaknesses:
  • Good, but not great defender
  • Occasionally forces the issue
  • Will have to better handle contact at the next level

    Summary: Irving has been as good as advertised since arriving at Duke in a similar way to what John Wall brought to the floor at Kentucky last season. Offensively, he can do it all and shows a tremendous skill set for a young point guard. He should be a one-and-done as he will be one of the top picks in the 2011 NBA Draft.

    Player Comparison: Chris Paul. Irving really has a mixture of attributes of a lot of NBA point guards but can probably closely be compared to Chris Paul. Irving is further along as a scorer at this point of 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 CP3.





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    Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, and David Kay of the The Sports Bank.
    Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
    All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to: wpc112@gmail.com




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