Why was Kyrie Irving number one again?
The 2011 NBA Draft is done. Did your team get what they wanted? This particular draft was all about needs. There were many international players from all over the place. A lot of teams did not get what they wanted according to their fan bases. Rumored trades, and other stuff we don’t know, did not go down because of the uncertainty around the new collective bargaining agreement. This is completely understandable unless you are David Kahn. He was free-wheeling all over the draft. Trade away your cow and tractor? He’ll do that, too.
Be real – most of you did not know who was who. For awhile there, I didn’t know who I was and where I was, but that’s another story I’ll save for another time. My friend pointed out that there were too many grainy YouTube –like quality videos on television. That was embarrassing for the network. Step up your game, guys. High definition is half the battle. If it is not at least 480p quality, don’t bother. I’m not asking for much. Back to the NBA Draft, there wasn’t much hype. The first ten picks were a snooze fest. There was nothing surprising.
Thanks to Oly Sandor’s breakdown, I think the point guard fad has to stop. How the hell did Kyrie Irving become the number one pick? Why? Seriously. Why? I knew he was going number one, but that doesn’t mean he should be. I do not see number one talent like Magic Johnson, Derrick Rose, Allen Iverson, and John Wall. If you were on the Kyrie Irving bandwagon, explain to me why he’s the number one guy especially if you’re a Cleveland Cavs fan.
There was this quip that someone said, “You guys really need to get over the ‘Kyrie only played 11 games bullshit.’” Then he adds, “There’s so much more that goes into scouting.”
Captain Obvious is obvious.
The fact remains that he only played 11 games. So 11 games get you number one pick money? Wow. Interesting. Here are his numbers: 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.5 steals, 90.1% from free throw line, 46.2% from three point land, and 52.9% FG. These are good statistics, but not impressive to John Wall’s college numbers: 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 1.8 steals, 75.4% FT, 32.5% from three point land, and 46.1% FG.
Kyrie Irving’s shooting percentages and scoring are better, but then this caveat has to be added – “Only 11 games played.” John Wall played in 37 games. Irving’s sample size is too small to determine anything. Then there are other negatives that hold him down: not explosive, not big, and not athletically gifted. Durability is an issue, too. He’s pretty much known as a cerebral assassin. There is nothing wrong with that label. However, Irving is also not as fast with the ball like Rose, Rondo, and John Wall.
Irving believes that he is a hybrid of Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul. Some of you are comparing him to Deron Williams. Nope. Whatever you guys are selling, I’m not buying.
I’m suspecting that I’m in the minority with this opinion based on observations. That is all good. I hope I’m wrong and eat crow. Just based on the college stuff, Kyrie Irving should not have been the number one selection. It should have been Arizona’s Derrick Williams.
Was this an example of a team being caught in a point guard fad?