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Comparing Kyrie Irving to Every Other Under-21 All-Star in NBA History

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Comparing Kyrie Irving to Every Other Under-21 All-Star in NBA History
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Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving

Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving will make his NBA All-Star debut on Sunday.

At 20 years old, Irving will become just the seventh player in NBA history to appear in an All-Star game before his 21st birthday.

He will join the exclusive list of under-21 All-Stars that includes only Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Shaquille O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

This article compares the progress Irving has made thus far—midway through his second NBA season with the Cavaliers—in regards to where each of the aforementioned NBA legends were when they first broke through as All-Stars.

In addition to highlighting the individual production that earned each young star their first All-Star appearance, the NBA veterans who welcomed each player to the game—much like Garnett and Bryant will now do for Irving—were also identified. 

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