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2013-14 Projected Stats: 23.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists, 1.8 steals, 0.4 blocks, 24.50 PER, 35 minutes per game
Irving raised his game to the next level last season.
This year, expect more of the same.
While Mike Brown would probably care more about his defense and less about Irving's offensive numbers, they should be impressive nonetheless.
The biggest change in Irving's stat line should be his assist total. Stringing together just 5.9 assists a game last season didn't seem like All-Star point guard material, but Irving didn't have the roster around him that he'll have this year. With Andrew Bynum, Anthony Bennett and Jarrett Jack added to the fold, Irving has more options to go to.
He also seemed to focus more on his passing game towards the end of last season. In the month of April, Irving averaged 7.4 assists in his nine games. After the All-Star break, Irving's assist number was at 6.9 a game compared to 5.5 before the break.
His scoring should once again be solid, if not a point or two higher. With Dion Waiters expected to increase his scoring as well, Irving won't have to shoot as much, but we certainly hope he still will.
Expect to see a stat line worthy of an All-NBA team selection, with improved D to boot.