In ESPN’s latest 5-on-5, several scribes tackle the point guard position. Given his recent accolades and award-winning week, it comes as little surprise that Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving is considered to be the consensus player with the most potential.
Kevin Arnovitz: It’s safe to say Kyrie Irving has graduated from potential status. That being the case, Damian Lillard tempts the imagination, as does Bledsoe, but the trajectory to follow is Jrue Holiday’s. Would love to see what he could do alongside a wing who demanded real attention.
DJ Foster: Kyrie Irving. You simply can’t stay in front of this kid. Irving hasn’t even played 100 games yet, but he might already be the best scorer and ball handler at the position, and his weaknesses defensively should melt away with more time. He has all the ability to be one of the best ever.
David Hopkins: I have to keep reminding myself that Kyrie Irving is only 20 years old and in his second season. Irving is the next truly elite-level point guard — one of those awe-inspiring players who upgrades his game every offseason. If I were a GM, I’d take him over almost anybody not named LeBron James or Kevin Durant.
Brett Koremenos: Kyrie Irving. The kid is already an elite passer and scorer at just the tender age of 20. It’s almost scary to see where he’s going to be in five years
Jeremy Schmidt: Even the sky seems like too much of a limit for Kyrie Irving. He controls the ball on the dribble like it’s part of his body. There’s nothing he can’t make it do. And he combines his ball-handling prowess with incredible athleticism, a deadly jumper and an obvious desire to win. He’s a clear future MVP.
Presently, Irving gives way to players like Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo when it comes to defense and Stephen Curry when it comes to spot-up shooting. As recently seen with the All-Star debate, the Cavaliers will undoubtedly have to win considerably more games if the All-Everything guard is ever able to lob his name in to league MVP talks.
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