First of all, just the fact that Irving is fourth on this list at the age of 20 is just plain scary, and yet there are some who will think I ranked him too low!
He possesses all the tools needed to be the next elite point guard: great vision and ball handling, ability to create his own shot, above-average jump shot and the uncanny ability to step up his game when it is needed most—clutch time.
According to 82games.com, no other player scored more clutch points in the NBA last year than Irving, who averaged 56.4 per 48 minutes. During this time he shot .544 from the field and .667 percent from three-point land.
This is a skill that is only possessed by the true greats of the game.
There are still a few things Irving has to work on, mainly cutting down on turnovers and playing better defense. However these skills are learned and will improve as he gets older and more experienced.
People will also point to his low assists totals (5.4), but this is due more to the talent around him than his skill.
You need look no further then the Dec. 15 game against the New York Knicks, where Irving carried the Cleveland Cavaliers on his back, scoring a career-high 41 points. With the Cavaliers down 93-99 and just 31 seconds left, Irving scored eight points in 17 seconds to get them right back in the game.
They fell just short that night, but it is still a great example of the unique resolve of this youngster.