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Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving is listed as the Most Overrated Player in the NBA by’s Kevin Pelton in his most recent PER Diem column. Per Pelton, Irving drawing an #NBARank of No. 8 in the league, while conceivable based on potential, is “premature” due to health concerns and a lack of overall accomplishments. The #NBArank panel placed Irving eighth in the league this season, and though Irving undeniably has that kind of talent, putting him in the top 10 is premature because of defense and durability. Last season, the Cavaliers — never a defensive juggernaut under the best of circumstances — allowed 1.7 more points per 100 possessions with Irving on the floor, per Adjusting for his teammates, xRAPM (a version of adjusted plus-minus) found that Irving gave back two-thirds of his offensive value at the defensive end, making him only a slightly above-average contributor. Of course, Irving doesn’t have any value when he’s on the bench, and he has missed a combined 38 games in his first two NBA seasons — that after being limited to 11 games in his lone college campaign. To justify a top-10 ranking, Irving will have to stay healthy and effective at both ends of the floor. Irving’s ranking among the annual ESPN list was a topic in a recent edition of WFNY’s “The Diff” column. “By the ever-controversial Wins Produced/48, Kyrie Irving was right around average last season” writes Jacob Rosen. “Only a handful of guards are viewed that favorably in general. But even in the context of those, Irving was sandwiched in between DJ Augustin and Jeff Teague, nowhere near the highest echelon. Naturally, there is a bit of a debate regarding the importance or weight of ESPN’s annual #NBARank list. If anything, this edition of PER Diem, when reduced, is a column about a column. Others receiving the ‘overrated’ tag are the New York Knicks (East), Golden State Warriors (West), Doc Rivers (head coach), Andrew Wiggins (draft prospect) and Marco Bellinelli (newcomer). [Related: The Diff: Did #NBARank actually overrate Kyrie Irving?]

NBA News: Kyrie Irving’s elbow X-ray turns up negative

Last night was a weird basketball game from the Cleveland Cavaliers. They showed up listless, falling 90-84 in Charlotte. One issue was the fact Kyrie Irving didn’t take any of the final three shots. After the game, the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd (a must-follow on Twitter) shared some details about an elbow issue for Irving: #Cavs Kyrie Irving just had x-ray on his elbow...

Kyrie Irving has a pretty awesome yellow backpack

After the Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out a victory over the Brooklyn Nets at Quicken Loans Arena, the Cleveland media on hand decided to swarm around Andrew Bynum. Thanks to Cleveland Plain Dealer, we now know that Cleveland guard Kyrie Irving has a pretty bad-ass backpack. Check it out in the below Twitter photo: Deeeeep in the reporter scrum talking to Bynum. See that yellow backpack...

Revisiting The Trade That Landed The Cavaliers Kyrie Irving

The year was 2011. The Cleveland Cavaliers were in the midst of their 4th worst season in franchise history and were led by 34-year old forward Antawn Jamison. They didn’t have a 20 point per game scorer, a 10 rebound per game player, and only had one player (Anderson Varejao) eclipse the 50% mark for ...The post Revisiting The Trade That Landed The Cavaliers Kyrie Irving appeared...

Kyrie Irving's Alter Ego is Back in 'Uncle Drew: Chapter 3

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving's alter ego, Uncle Drew, has become somewhat of a legend. It was a year and a half ago when Irving, disguised as an old

Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, and another episode of Uncle Drew

Kryie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is back with another episode of Uncle Drew. Now I don’t know if the title of this series is actually called “Uncle Drew”, but that’s what I call it. I think it’s called Pepsi Max…Max series of Max…or some confusing combination of those words. It really doesn’t matter what combination of words Pepsi chose to get their brand...

Kyrie Irving finds Tristan Thompson for nasty alley-oop dunk

Don’t look now Cleveland Cavaliers fans but this incarnation of the Cavaliers look to be one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. In the first half against the Brooklyn Nets, watch as star guard Kyrie Irving finds Tristan Thompson for the big alley-oop dunk: *** Irving image courtesy of Getty Images

Cavs hope to keep G Kyrie Irving for entire career

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has already had one superstar leave under his watch. He doesn't want it to happen again. Gilbert said Wednesday night that he hopes to keep All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving around for his entire NBA career. Unable to re-sign LeBron James to another contract in 2010, Gilbert said before Cleveland's home opener against the Brooklyn Nets that the...

Cavs hope to keep Irving for career

Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has already had one superstar leave under his watch. He doesn't want it to happen again. Gilbert said Wednesday night that he hopes to keep All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving around for his entire NBA career. Unable to re-sign LeBron James to another contract in 2010, Gilbert said before Cleveland's home opener against the Brooklyn Nets that the...

The Three Kings of NBA League Pass

Disclaimer: You’ll notice that the superstars of the NBA (Lebron, Durant, Rose, Harden, etc) have been excluded from this list. There is a reason for that, and its overexposure. Yeah, they are incredibly entertaining to watch, but this list focuses on the newer blood of the NBA. This trio of players have been around the league for a few years but 2013-14 is their coming out party...

Irving leads Cavs to win over Nets

Anderson Varejao's basket with 28 seconds left -- off an assist from Kyrie Irving -- sent Cleveland to a 98-94 win on Wednesday night over the remodeled Brooklyn Nets in coach Mike Brown's first game back with the Cavaliers. Varejao's jumper gave the Cavs a 93-91 lead, and Irving, who finished with 15 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds, made four free throws in the final...

The Cleveland Show; Nets fall in Season Opener

In a much anticipated game, the Nets brought in all their weapons to the Quicken Loans Arena to attempt to pull of a win against the Cavaliers. However, those weapons weren’t good enough to stop Kyrie Irving’s Cavaliers as the Nets dropped their season opener 98-94. The Nets were in control in the early going starting the game with a 10-2 lead, but it went downhill once their...

Gilbert: Cavaliers Feel Good About Having Irving For His Entire Career

Dan Gilbert is already declaring that he will do whatever it takes for the Cleveland Cavaliers to keep Kyrie Irving with the franchise for his entire career. "It's still a little bit early, but we feel good about Kyrie being here for his entire career," Gilbert said before Wednesday's season opener. "We think we set up an environment and a culture that is conducive...

WFNY Tickets: Five top Cavaliers games

Just three seasons removed from the heartbreak bestowed upon the franchise, the Cavs are already back and competing for a playoff spot. Despite the rapid return to relevance, Cleveland Cavalier tickets are actually seeing a 9.17% year-over-year decline in price. The average price of a home Cavs ticket last season was $131.89, whereas tickets for the upcoming 2013-2014 season are...

Cavaliers: Jarrett Jack immediately shows his value to team

When Kyrie Irving picked up his second foul 4 minutes, 29 seconds into Wednesday’s game against Brooklyn, things could have quickly unraveled for the Cavaliers. However, veteran point guard Jarrett Jack entered the game and took control. He had 12 points in the first half with Irving on the bench with two personal fouls. It illustrated one of the big reasons the Cavs signed the...


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