If theres one thing we should know about the NBA by now, its that you dont have to be a lottery pick to make an immediate impact.
Granted, that may be the idea behind the NBA Draft, where the lousy teams get to celebrate for a day. But sometimes, the good teams win as well, discovering a gem later in the first round, or perhaps even in the second.
Other times, the lousy teams get extra lucky -- landing two rookies who contribute right away to a team in desperate need. After one week, we can safely say thats been the case in Cleveland, where No. 1 overall selection Kyrie Irving and fourth overall pick Tristan Thompson are giving fans a new reason to care.
As the starting point guard, Irving has confidently and effectively run the offense, managing to become perhaps the teams biggest weapon at just 19 years of age, and just 11 college games at Duke. Irving is averaging 13 points and occasionally being mentioned in the same sentence as Chris Paul by Cavaliers coach Byron Scott.