To say Kyrie Irving has made a splash in the NBA in his rookie season would be an extreme understatement. With one month to go in the regular season, Irving has met and surpassed all of the expectations of a No. 1 overall pick. He has most definitely earned recognition as one of the top point guards in the NBA.
But how good is he? Where does Irving stand among the best point guards in the NBA?
The NBA is still in the era of the point guard. When considering the best players in the league, shooting guards, small forwards and centers seem to still rule the roost. But no position is as deep or as talented as point guard.
From crafty veterans like Steve Nash and Tony Parker who are still carving up NBA defenses, to the next generation of ultra-athletic lead guards like Derrick Rose and John Wall, the depth of the position doesn’t look like it’s going to decrease anytime soon.
Enter Irving. After one season filled with highlights and injuries at Duke University, Irving was drafted first overall in the 2011 NBA draft. Out of college, Irving wasn’t the most athletic player, or the fastest. He was a pretty good shooter and a fairly solid defender. However, there was something about how he played the game that made him the clear choice for the top pick.
He hasn’t let anyone down.
Here's where Irving ranks among the rest of the elite point guards in the NBA.