Originally posted on SLAM Online  |  Last updated 2/9/12
by Brendan Bowers / @stepienrules Chris Paul isn’t at all surprised by the season Kyrie Irving is putting together during his first trip through the Association. Paul, who played under the same coach as Irving way back in 2005 during his rookie year, expected as much out of the 19-year-old rookie from Duke before this season began. “I’ve known Kyrie since he was in high school, and he’s a great player,” Paul said Wednesday. “It couldn’t be a better situation for him too, starting off his NBA career playing for Coach [Byron] Scott.” “Coach Scott led me to Rookie of the Year, and it looks like he’s about to do that again.” I’m not sure anyone’s arguing Paul’s last point regarding Irving’s ROY chances right now either. Through Kyrie’s first 23 NBA games, he’s averaging 18.0 points and 5.1 assists per night—numbers that line up very close to how the benchmark of NBA point guards opened his career. Through Chris Paul’s first 23 games, he averaged 16.7 points and 7.
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