Kyrie Irving Will Be a Top-10 Superstar, but Right Now He’s Simply Overrated

November 19th, 2013 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

Stop making Kyrie Irving into someone he's not.

Strong rookie and sophomore campaigns deserve recognition as forerunners of hope and potential, not defining models for the player Irving is.

Right now, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard is not a top-10 starlet. Is he a fine floor general? Yes. A superstar? No doubt. Increasingly overrated? That, too.

ESPN got the ball rolling when they named Irving the eighth-best player in the NBA, ahead of players like Derrick Rose, Tony Parker, Kevin Love and Carmelo Anthony, among others. Additional hype preceded his league rank thanks to the acquisition of Andrew Bynum, recovery of Anderson Varejao and presumed development of Dion Waiters. Even Jarrett Jack's arrival generated an upsurge of emotions.

Pundits were high on the Cavs, a team one summer away from potentially rekindling a fire with an old flame by the name of LeBron James. Piloted by Irving, replete with impact players and inhabiting a progressively incalculable eastern conference, the playoffs were within reach.

Irving is now a victim of these devil-may-care assumptions. His ascension into superstar ...

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