Links to the Present: Kyrie is Sweeeeeet.

January 23rd, 2013 by John Krolik

Uncle Drew!

“Men are slower to recognize blessings than evils.”
-Titus Livius

As Cavs fans, we argue endlessly about the players on the Cavs that just-can’t-get-all-the-way-there; is Dion Waiters a low-efficiency chucker, or Dwayne Wade? Has Tristan Thompson finally turned the corner? This is all well and good. Sometimes, though, we need to take a step back and recognize the history taking place right before out eyes. Kyrie┬áIrving┬áis a young superstar, and the rest of the league is starting to take notice. 20 years old, 22.9 PER. I’m fighting an intense urge to use emoticons here, but times are good.

Anyways, here’s a few links in appreciation of Uncle Drew himself.

ESPN (Insider) is rolling out a new feature called “Who’s Better.” First edition: Kyrie Irving vs. Damian Lillard. Kyrie wins the comparison handily, and there’s this for dessert: “Irving, though, drips with the kind of intangibles that suggest he could be one of the NBA’s greats.”

ESPN (Insider) also released “25 under 25″ rankings. Kyrie is sixth on the list. “Already one of the league’s top players. Irving combines offensive skill better than any player on this list, and far better than anyone at this age in recent memory.”

In addition to the 25 under 25 list, “best- and worst-case scenarios” were compiled for the top 10 by ESPN (Insider). Kyrie receives Jason Kidd/Kobe Bryant as his best-case scenarios, and Michael Redd/Steve Francis as his worst.