Like Dion Waiters, Irving must do a better job of deferring to his teammates.
While the career scoring (20.9 points per game) is impressive, Irving hasn't blown anybody away with his assist total (5.8).
Irving could use the excuse that the talent level of teammates wasn't ideal during his first two seasons. And with guys like Christian Eyenga and Manny Harris, he would have a great point.
But with the recent trade for Luol Deng and the development of guys such as Dion, Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller, that excuse can no longer be used.
Irving's assist ratio (the percentage of a player's possessions that end in an assist) this season is just 20.5 percent (per ESPN). This ranks him way down at 55th among qualified point guards, below guys like Raymond Felton, Marquis Teague and Ish Smith.
We got to see recently what the Cavs are capable of when Irving trusts his teammates and looks to them first before taking it upon himself to score.
In a January 7 game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Irving scored just 16 points, six below his season average. Despite that, the Cavs won 111-93 because they did a great job of simply moving the ball. Irving finished with eight assists, allowing other players like C.J. Miles (34 points), Anderson Varejao (18 points), Tristan Thompson (12 points) and Dion Waiters (12 points) to show what they can do.
The Cavaliers as a team average just 19.1 assists per game, which ranks next to last in the NBA. That night against the Sixers, the Cavs recorded 29 dimes, led by Irving's eight.
He needs to have more high-assist games to keep the ball moving and the Cavaliers winning.