In only his second season, Irving began to separate himself from his peers at the point guard position while becoming the sixth-youngest All-Star in NBA history. Entering his third year with the Cavs at age 21, Irving must continue that progression in order to establish himself among the league's elite.
While competing with point guards Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and Tony Parker—who were each All-NBA players last season—along with Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Deron Williams, ranking among the top three at the NBA's deepest position will certainly include its challenges.
The blueprint for Irving to make the All-NBA team, however, includes a number of factors very much within his control.
By improving on the defensive end, for example, along with further development as a play-maker—while continuing to do the things that have made his game special—Irving will give himself a chance to become an All-NBA player much sooner than most people expected. when he first broke into the league.