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Prediction: Kyrie Irving cracks the league's top 20 in assist-to-turnover ratio.
The mark of great dual-threat point guards like Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo is their ability to take care of the ball and create for teammates.
For Kyrie Irving, that's one crucial area in which he needs to improve. Last season, Irving averaged 5.9 assists and 3.2 turnovers per game, good for an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.83. That mark ranked 63rd in the NBA.
For context's sake, the players surrounding Irving on the list were all shooting guards or wings. Dwyane Wade ranked 64th with a ratio of 1.81, while Evan Turner and Nicolas Batum ranked 59th with a ratio of 1.89.
After retooling their roster in the offseason, 2013-14 is a make-or-break year for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving is the centerpiece of all that happens offensively for the Cavs, so the pressure will be on him not just to score, but to pass like an elite point guard.
With complementary pieces like Tristan Thompson, Andrew Bynum, Earl Clark, Dion Waiters and Anderson Varejao, Irving has a chance to top seven or eight assists per game. The real key will be cutting down on his turnovers and attempting to commit fewer than three per game. Last season, the 20th-ranked player in assist-to-turnover ratio (Goran Dragic) posted a mark of 2.68.